Kenya Railways now retracts directive halting January ticket sales

Passengers at the Nairobi Central Railway Station. PHOTO | JEFF ANGOTE | NMG
Passengers at the Nairobi Central Railway Station. PHOTO | JEFF ANGOTE | NMG 

Kenya Railways Corporation (KRC) has rescinded its earlier decision to temporarily suspend booking of Madaraka Express tickets that are operational from January 1.

KRC, through a public notice last week, had said it would be rescheduling the passenger train service from January, occasioning the suspension.

The corporation has since then been denying the public notice they had earlier issued suspending booking of SGR train tickets running from January 1.

It insists that travellers have been successfully securing their tickets within the booking window, which is 14 days.

'No schedule adjustments'

“Kenya Railways wishes to notify members of the public that Madaraka Express train schedule will not be adjusted from January 1, 2018 as earlier communicated.

“Daily departures of the inter-county and express train from Nairobi are 8am and 2:30pm respectively while departure from Mombasa are 7:15am and 3:15pm respectively,” said KRC in a notice on Wednesday.

The suspension would have affected passengers planning to travel to and from the coastal city of Mombasa and the capital Nairobi from January 1.

The Madaraka Express, which is fully booked until December 30, had in August halted its operations to allow its staff to cast their ballot.

Second interruption

This would have been the second scheduled interruption of the transport service since its launch by President Uhuru Kenyatta in June.

The service has been a major boost to the tourism industry with hotel bookings rising as a result of local and foreign visitor inflows.