July 21, 2019

Train stations to remain closed on polling day as staff go to vote

Train services offered by Madaraka Express will not operate on August 8, polling day.

Passengers seeking to travel from Nairobi and Mombasa will have to use alternative means.

Kenya Railways Managing Director Atanas Maina said they will halt all operations on August 8 to allow their staff to exercise their democratic right to vote.

“We shall have the first schedule interruption on the service on August 8, 2017, due to the national elections,” he said in a statement on Thursday.

He underscored the importance of having all Kenyans including Kenya Railways staff go out to vote.

“It is imperative that staff and service providers of the Madaraka Express exercise their democratic voting rights,” said the MD.

The Madaraka Express which was officially launched in June by President Uhuru Kenyatta has become a popular transport means among Kenyans seeking to travel to and from the coastal city.

With a price of just sh700 for the economy class, many Kenyans find train transport affordable compared to buses that charge close to double the amount for a single trip.

The SGR has had two trains shuttle between Nairobi and Mombasa on a daily basis. The train takes about 4 to 5 hours to reach Mombasa and the same for a return trip from Mombasa to Nairobi.

The Management had earlier said they will increase the number of trains to six per day due to an influx of passengers.