Kenyan Economy

Globe roundabout to be turned into a bus terminal

Traffic around the globe roundabout Nairobi. Image/courtesy

Plans are almost complete to convert the globe roundabout into a matatu terminus. According to the Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) director General, the terminus will be used to serve Matatu’s plying the Thika superhiway route as well as those from Eastleigh.

NMS and the Lands ministry are completing land evaluation so the Globe Roundabout can be converted to a bus terminus.

Construction works are underway on the new terminus for use once PSVs are banned from the Central Business District.

In its plan to decongest the main Kenyan city’s Central business district, NMS is constructing matatu terminus for Matatu’s and buses plying the different city routes out of the city. Only private cars and special brt busses will be allowed to enter the city.

The Koja/Old Mutual ‘bus stage’ has been blamed for traffic snarl-ups as vehicles enter the CBD through the Globe flyover and also by Matatu’s and buses operating in and out of the stage.

The stage, which is located at the entry of the city from thika superhighway has been a major cause of traffic snarlups as unruly Matatu’s enter and leave the stage.

Last month, NMS said it will relocate matatus from the CBD in phases from this month, upon completion of Green Park, Desai and Park Road termini.

NMS director of Transport and Public Works Engineer Michael Ochieng said Phase One of the decongestion project will include all matatus plying the Lang’ata and Ngong routes.

They will be first to be relocated from the CBD. Matatu’s from Ngong road and Langata will be picking up and dropping off commuters at Green Park terminus at Railways Club.

It is hoped that once complete, the initiative by the NMS will provide the much needed solution to commuters ans city dwellers.