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Kenya Railways commences early works of the Nairobi Railway City Kenya Railways commences early works of the Nairobi Railway City

Phase 1 of The Nairobi Railway City, a transformative project to redevelop the Nairobi Central Railway station and surrounding areas into a Multi-Modal, Transit Oriented, Urban Development, has begun with early works construction by Kenya Railways. On December 7, 2022, H.E Hon William Samoei Ruto led the groundbreaking ceremony at the Nairobi Central Railway station.

The Nairobi Railway City will serve as an iconic nerve centre for the Nairobi Multimodal Transport System, thanks to its strategic location. Kenya Railways Managing Director, Mr. Phillip Mainga, explained that Phase 1 early works comprise a pedestrian footbridge, a new Nairobi Central Railway station, and a public square. Other works include hoarding and securing the railway station and public park site, detailed drainage overhaul within the Nairobi Railway yard, construction of a new structural steel Locomotive shed at the Makadara Yard, and the paving of Kenya Railways Headquarters driveway and car park.

Mr. Mainga added that the pedestrian footbridge across the Nairobi Railway yard would be modern, all-weather, and convenient for people living with disabilities. He urged pedestrians and rail commuters to exercise caution as they move in and out of the Nairobi Central Station and use designated pathways to avoid incidents.

The Nairobi Railway City's construction is divided into phases and is scheduled for completion by 2030, sponsored by the Kenyan and UK governments. The project aims to create a transit hub with multi-modal transport facilities, regenerate the area around the Nairobi Central Station, expand Nairobi to the South East, provide a liveable and sustainable urban space, and position Nairobi as a leading world city and commercial hub.

Source: Railways Africa