Kenya Railways Corporation (KRC) has launched a new schedule for rail commuters from five estates in Nairobi County.
Through a statement shared on Monday, May 3, 2021, the Railway corporation announced that it was resuming evening travel to syokimau, Embakasi, Kikuyu, Ruiru, and Athi River stations.
The new schedule shows that a train to Syokimau is scheduled to depart at 5:30 pm and 6:20 pm, with that headed to Kikuyu station set to leave at 5:35 pm.
Other routes are Ruiru station at 5:40 pm to Athi River station at 5:50 pm to Embakasi Village at 6:00 pm, 6:30 pm, and 8:00 pm.
“This evening, we resume normal operation on the Nairobi Commuter Rail Service. The Link train to Nairobi Terminus departs at 8:00 pm,” read part of the statement.
KRC had revised travel hours around the city on March 26 after President Uhuru Kenyatta put five counties, including Nairobi, under lockdown.
Most of the travel hours had been pushed up to depart way earlier in the day as the Standard Gauge Railway’s operations were suspended for a month.
Commuter trains plying the Nairobi Terminus to Ngong station route had been readjusted to make sure that commuters alight at the station at 7 pm to beat the 8 pm deadline curfew
After the President lifted the cessation of movement in the five Counties of Nairobi, Kiambu, Nakuru, Machakos, and Kajiado during the Labour Day celebrations on Saturday, KRC resumed the SGR operations between Nairobi and Mombasa.
A Statement dated Sunday, May 2 by KRC indicated that the SGR online booking portal was opened to the public for the purchase of tickets.
The body also declared that it had waived the rescheduling fee for commuters whose bookings were canceled due to the lockdown, which was announced a month ago.
Uhuru also revised the curfew hours from 8 pm to 4 am to 10 pm to 4 am.
He said that the new directives were as a result of the flattening of the Covid-19 positivity rate in the past month.