Kenya Railways has commenced the early works construction of Phase 1 of The Nairobi Railway City.
This comes after president William Ruto officially presided over the groundbreaking of the project on Wednesday December 7, 2022 at the Nairobi Central Railway station.
The Government of Kenya intends to redevelop the Nairobi Central Railway station and its surrounding areas into an iconic, Multi-Modal, Transit Oriented, Urban Development dubbed “The Nairobi Railway City”. Owing to its strategic Location, The Nairobi Central station area will be developed into an iconic nerve centre for the Nairobi Multimodal Transport System.
In his communiqué to Media Houses, Kenya Railways Managing Director Mr. Phillip Mainga said that the overall scope of the Phase one (1) early works that have commenced, cover the construction of a pedestrian footbridge across the Nairobi Railway Yard, construction of a new Nairobi Central Railway station and a public square.
The works also include hoarding and securing of the railway station and public park site, detailed drainage overhaul within the Nairobi Railway yard, construction of a new structural steel Locomotive shed (CXR Sick shed) at the Makadara Yard and relocation of the existing shed at Nairobi Yard, as well as the paving of Kenya Railways Headquarters driveway and car park.
“The pedestrian footbridge across the Nairobi Railway yard will be all weather, modern and will also be convenient for people living with disabilities,” He added. He further advised pedestrians and rail commuters to be cautious as they move in and out of the Nairobi Central Station, urging them to use the designated pathways to avoid any incidents.
The Nairobi Railway City construction is divided into phases and is scheduled for completion in the year 2030. The Kenyan Government and the UK Government are sponsoring the project.
The objectives of this project are mainly to create a transit hub with multi modal transport facilities, regenerate the area around the Nairobi Central Station, expand Nairobi to the South East, provide a livable and sustainable urban space, as well as provide an iconic development to position Nairobi as a leading world City and commercial hub.