Madaraka Express passenger services from Nairobi to Mombasa and vice versa will resume on Monday following the lifting of movement restrictions in and out of Mombasa county and the Nairobi metropolitan area.
According to Transport Cabinet Secretary (CS) James Macharia, the first train will leave Nairobi at 8 am on Monday and is expected to arrive in Mombasa at 12:45 pm.
The very train will leave Mombasa at 1.25 pm to arrive in the capital at around 6.40 pm.
Ministry of Health directives on social distancing will be adhered to in the train, and only 600 passengers will be allowed, which is 50 percent the carrying capacity.
The CS further said that 11 coaches will be available for the passengers, one of which will be left empty for isolation of passengers suspected or confirmed to be infected with coronavirus during the journey.
“The extra one coach will be left empt and we hope it will arrive in Mombasa empty because it will be used to isolate any suspected case of COVID-19 in the course of the journey from Nairobi to Mombasa and vice versa,” CS Macharia said.
The Madaraka Express (SGR) passenger services between Nairobi and Mombasa were halted in April after the government issued a directive to bar movement into and out of the two counties, to stop the spread of coronavirus.