By Steve Umidha
Motorists and passengers operating from Railway Station terminus will be subjected to chaos and confusion on Friday evening when Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) will be carrying out another test-run at Green Park terminus in Nairobi ahead of its opening.
In a public notice on Wednesday, NMS Director General Major General Mohamed Badi said tomorrow’s exercise will be conducted in the evening – a typical rush hour for most Nairobians commuting through the Nairobi Railways Central station frontage.
“All the PSV vehicles operating in the Nairobi Central station frontage will do a test-run of picking and dropping passengers at the Green Park terminal (former Lunar Park) on Friday, May 28, 2021 between 4pm and 8pm,” said Badi in a gazette notice.
The project’s construction is near completion and the test-run is expected to check the level of preparedness as commissioning draws near. “The process is now entering the transition phase of commissioning the Terminal where all stakeholders will be assessing their level of preparedness for commissioning this facility,” said Badi.
The terminus, located at the former Lunar Park, is presently used as a drop-off and pick-up point for matatus plying the Ngong Road, and Langata routes – notorious routes synonymous with traffic jams and all operate from the Nairobi Railways Central station.
The development of the Nairobi Integrated Urban Development Master Plan (NIUPLAN) mooted in 2012 seeks to integrate all existing sectoral plans in the city and align them to Vision 2030, providing a framework for coordinating urban development.
The project is being undertaken in partnership with the Government of Japan through its Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) as well as consulting members of the private and public sector — national government ministries, universities and civil society organizations — which critically analyzed the existing sector plans and the city’s situation. Institutions like the World Bank, the Kenya Railways Corporations, UN-Habitat and the GODOWN Arts Center also provided input.
Transportation is one of the Jubilee administration’s priority areas. Major transport corridors linking with the Thika highway, Mombasa Road and newly built by-passes; new bus and matatu terminals and a network of metro railway lines are supposed to operate in the city by 2030.
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