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SGR passenger tickets to be bought via M-Pesa from Wednesday

Passengers board the Madaraka Express train at the Nairobi terminus on June 7. FILE PHOTO | NMG
Passengers board the Madaraka Express train at the Nairobi terminus on June 7. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

Passengers travelling on the SGR trains between Nairobi to Mombasa will from Wednesday pay fares via M-Pesa, removing a hurdle that had opened the ticketing business to middlemen.

Kenya Railways has reached a deal with Safaricom #ticker:SCOM for paybill numbers that will allow commuters to pay from home and get tickets at the station
Previously, passengers could only book by paying cash at the ticketing offices in Nairobi or Mombasa.

“M-Pesa payments will be ready from today. Safaricom team is on the ground finalising training for 20 ticket issuers who will be based at our stations. We also intend to bring on board Telkom Kenya and Airtel going forward,” said Kenya Railways managing director Atanas Maina.

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