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Government issues new security measures at Likoni floating bridge

The government has announced new measures to ensure commuters using the Sh1.9 Billion Likoni floating bridge are safe.

One of the new security measures at the floating bridge includes screening an average of 20,000 people who use the channel on a daily basis.

“The area security team is working with all our agents to ensure that our commuters are secure as they use this bridge. We are adopting a multi-agency approach for purposes of managing this bridge well,” said Interior CS Fred Matiang’i.

To address the residents’ safety concerns at the Likoni side of the bridge, the government will set up a police post to enhance safety around.

“It is entirely on our radar screen in terms of ensuring that commuters are safe and secure as they use the channel. That’s why we have the Coast Guard working with us,” Matiang’i added.

The 1.2 Kilometer Likoni floating bridge in Mombasa County was officially launched for the public on January 1, 2021.

It was constructed to ease the movement of over 300,000 pedestrians who rely on ferry services daily and create better access to 6,000 vehicles that cross the channel daily.

However, despite having the floating footbridge, most of the locals still opt to use the ferries, saying the bridge is far from their residences.

Due to this, the government constructed a public transport terminal on the Mombasa island side that is set to be officially launched for public use.

Earlier this year, the government commissioned a task force to monitor the safety of commuters using the multimillion bridges.

The committee involved Kenya Ports Authority (KPA), the Kenya Maritime Authority (KMA), Kenya Coast Guard Services (KUCGS), the National Police Service (NPS) and the Coast Regional Commissioners.

“The task force will address the safety of both pedestrians and vessels at the floating bridge and also reinforce safety standards and confidence of commuters,” KMA Director General Robert Njue said.

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