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Railways takes views on nairobi station revamp

Mr Atanas Maina, the Kenya Railways MD. file photo | nmg
Mr Atanas Maina, the Kenya Railways MD. file photo | nmg 

Kenya Railways is collecting views on the proposed redesign of the Nairobi Railways station that is targeted at a smooth flow of traffic in the city.

On Tuesday, Atanas Maina, the managing director, said they were receiving public input through the social media but would come up with a website for forwarding the ideas aimed at giving the station a new look in a five-year project.

 “The project is under feasibility stage. The critical thing is that we are now going into public engagements to establish what residents want to see out of this project,” he said.

“This project will be a game- changer within the city of Nairobi. As a matter of fact, we will also be having an investor’s conference to attract people to come and invest in this project. This is something that we cannot do for ourselves,” Mr Maina said.

A team drawn from the county government, Housing ministry, Kenya Railways, Lands ministry, and the Urban and Metropolitan Directorate are working on the redesign.

Traffic pile-up within the city and its environs has generated a heated but an incomplete debate on how traffic should be freed up within the city. There’s a metropolitan transport authority that is working on easing up vehicular traffic, also assessing what is happening in Kiambu, Kajiado, Murang’a, Machakos counties.  

The redesign will be in phases to carry facilities such as hotels, malls and bus stops. After revamp, it will be accessible from key adjacent roads: Bunyala, Landhies road, Uhuru Highway as Haile Selassie Avenue.