SGR resumes service after a month-long suspension – KBC


Passengers arriving at Miritini Terminus on Monday after the resumption of SGR passenger trains that were suspended for a month following the shutdown of part of Nairobi and four other counties.

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The first Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) train arrived at Miritini Terminus in Mombasa from Nairobi on Monday afternoon with hundreds of passengers happy after a month-long suspension due to 19 movement restrictions.

SGR services were suspended last month following the shutdown of parts of Nairobi, Nakuru, Kiambu, Kajiado and Machakos.

The government last month imposed a ban on five counties and declared infected areas following an increase in the number of Covid-19 cases.

In his Labor Day speech last Saturday, President Uhuru Kenyatta announced new preventive measures which included lifting the closure of the affected counties.

Hotel retailers and other businesses in Mombasa welcomed the resumption of passenger train services between Nairobi and Mombasa saying this would improve business in the tourism, transport and other sectors.

The global health crisis has severely affected the hotel industry and business travel and vacations around the mill by forcing many institutions to shut down or reduce their staff.

Many hotels recorded huge losses during April following the closure of five major counties that cater to a large number of local tourists.

Some passengers traveling on holiday and business in the port city expressed their satisfaction with the train operations which they said were cost-effective and convenient.

“We welcome the government’s decision to open the economy slowly by reducing Covid-19 barriers,” said Ann Kipusi, who arrived in Mombasa on a two-hour train ride at night.

Saying they are grateful for the resumption of regular services, Kipusi expressed his happiness to travel to the Coast for the holidays.

Taxi drivers working in Miritini Terminus also expressed their satisfaction with the resumption of operations at the station saying the suspension of passenger trains affected their business.

The Kenya Railway Company announced on Sunday that the train schedule remains unchanged with the county train departing from Mombasa and Nairobi at 8:00 am, the Express train departing at 3:00 pm, and the Night train departing at 10:00 pm .


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