Kenya Railways Announces Phased Resumption of Commuter Train Services After Flooding

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Kenya Railways on Tuesday, May 7, announced a phased resumption of commuter train services after days of suspension that was occasioned by the floods.

In a notice, it was indicated that operations for the Embakasi Village, Lukenya, and Syokimau routes would resume from today.

The Standard Guage Railway link train was also listed among the lines that would be operational from Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Kenya Railways announced that the Limuru and Ruiru commuter services would remain suspended.

Passengers alighting from the Nairobi Commuter train

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Kenya Railways

It was explained that the routes were still being repaired given that part of the tracks were ruined during the heavy rains that were experienced in the latter weeks of April.

Further communication is expected to be made public once ongoing works are done.

Nonetheless, Kenya Railways cautioned that it would still be monitoring weather patterns and issuing advisories when the need arises.

“We also wish to advise the public that commuter train services are subject to change at short notice, depending on weather conditions and other safety considerations.

“We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work to restore normalcy. The safety of our customers will always remain our top priority,” read the statement in part.

Kenya Railways issued the updates days after it announced temporary suspensions for the train services given the flooding incidents in parts of Mt Kenya and Nairobi.

In one instance, water washed away soil and ballast and that was beneath the tracks leaving a section of the rails hanging.

Nonetheless, during the disruptions, the Madaraka Express (Nairobi-Mombasa SGR) remained operational.

The Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) train in transit.

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