Sunday, November 11, 2012

Syokimau Railway Station to be Commissioned on Tuesday

The New Syokimau  Railway Station
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President Mwai Kibaki will on Tuesday, November 13, 2012 commission the Syokimau Railway Station along Mombasa Road, marking another milestone in efforts to realize various projects envisaged under the Vision 2030 Economic Blueprint.

The contractor, El Noor General Contractor Ltd handed over the 400 million-shilling station to the Kenya Railway Corporation (KRC) earlier this week, and it will be officially open to the public from Tuesday.

The station, which will serve thousands of commuters from Mlolongo, Athi River, Kitengela, Kajiado, Machakos and Syokimau Estate travelling into Nairobi daily, comes with a modern passenger ticketing system, surveillance cameras, shopping malls and ample vehicle facilities.

Opening of the station marks the completion of the first phase of the 24 billion-shilling Nairobi Commuter Rail Network that is geared at easing traffic congestion in Nairobi, blamed for huge economic losses.

It is estimated that $18 million is lost daily in terms of man-hours and fuel wastage in traffic jams.  

After the completion of the Syokimau Station, KRC focuses on building other nine modern stations including those at Jogoo Road, Imara Daima and Makadara Estate.

The Nairobi Commuter Rail Improvement project is under a Joint Development Agreement signed by KRC and InfraCo Limited in 2009 and approved by the Government of Kenya in 2011.

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