Madaraka Express is set to resume its operation on Monday 13th July as confirmed by Transport CS James Macharia.
Operations of SGR were still at a limbo following the directive by the President partialling opening the economy and allowing movement in and out of Mombasa and Nairobi.
It is because of the news that various stakeholders in the sector were involved to discus the way forward including protocols to be undertaken.
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“In line with H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Directives on the gradual reopening of the country, and after consultations with relevant stakeholders, we have formulated protocols to enhance safety in road, rail, and air transport, as we resume unfettered travel across Kenya.
With the new COVID-19 protocols in place, we will resume the Madaraka Express passenger service between Nairobi and Mombasa on Monday, 13th July 2020. Local air travel shall resume on 15th July, 2020, and international air travel is set to resume on 1st August, 2020.” Said CS James Macharia.
Due to curfew measures in place, the first train is set to depart Nairobi for Mombasa at 8 am and arrive at 12:45 pm.It will then depart Mombasa at 1:25 pm and arrive at Nairobi at 6:40 pm.
To main the required social distance, Kenya Railways will ensure a 50% capacity that is 600 passengers per trip with the journey being one way only.
A total of 10 coaches will be made available with an additional one being left empty and will be used as an isolation centre for suspected COVID-19 patients.