The Kenya Railways Corporation has, on Monday, October 5, announced to the public the closure of a busy footbridge for two weeks ahead of planned maintenance.
The footbridge that is frequently used by the public connects Haile Selassie Avenue to Bunyala Road through Station Road and Workshop Road and has been left dilapidated after being used for so long without maintenance.
Kenya Railways called on Nairobi’s people to seek alternative routes for the time being as they close the bridge for two weeks for maintenance and apologized for any inconveniences caused.
The dilapidated bridge is frequently used by South B estate residents and locals crossing over from Nairobi’s Central Business District (CBD) to the Industrial area.
This directive comes two years after a similar one where Kenya Railways warned the residents of Nairobi over the weakening of the footbridge, which they noted was caused by commuters overcrowding.
This came on the backdrop of an order issued by the City Governor Mike Sonko in which he suspended all Public Service Vehicles (PSV)from accessing the CBD.
Nairobians have also raised concerns over the security of pedestrians frequenting the bridge, saying that people crossing the bridge are often robbed and harassed by “Chokoraa.”
In 2019, seven people were killed in unclear circumstances while crossing the same footbridge.
Kenya Railways is in the process of renovating train stations around the City in preparation for the much-anticipated commuter trains.
On Sunday, October 5, 2020. The corporation announced that the new commuter trains are expected to start operating soon to ease traffic jams in the busy Capital.
According to the World Bank, Nairobians, on average spent an hour to commute to work and another one hour traveling back home due to traffic snarl-up in the City.
Several parts of the Capital, like Mutindwa, Embakasi, and Githurai, and the Main Railway Station in the CBD, have stepped up civil works, an indication of readiness for the new commuter network.