Easter rush: SGR adds coaches to cater for the surge in passengers

Carriages go up from nine to 14 for economy class passengers on the express train from Mombasa to Nairobi

Kenya Railways Corporation (KRC) has added eight passenger coaches on the standard gauge railway (SGR) train service between Nairobi and Mombasa to accommodate more commuters during the busy Easter holiday period.

Kenya Railways acting Managing Director Philip Mainga said yesterday the company had raised the number of coaches from nine to 14 for economy-class passengers on the express train from Mombasa to Nairobi and on the inter-county train from Nairobi to Mombasa.

The corporation has also added three coaches on the express train from Nairobi to Mombasa and on the inter-county train from Mombasa to Nairobi.

But the two coaches for first-class passengers in the express and the inter-county trains will remain the same in the new service plan set to take effect on April 17.

The train is currently pulling nine coaches (1,062 passengers) on economy-class tickets and two coaches (138 passengers) on first-class tickets.

“We are adding eight more coaches on the Madaraka Express train in both the express and inter-county trains,” Mr Mainga said

“The move is aimed at accommodating more passengers who will be travelling on the route to go and celebrate with their families from April 17 to April 23,” he said.

The SGR passenger train service between the two cities was launched in June 2017.

The trains have been departing daily from both directions, offering a four-and-a- half-hour non-stop connection.

Kenya Railways charges first-class and economy passengers Sh3, 000 and Sh1,000 respectively.

Daily Nation

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.