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Kenya Railways introduces Night passenger trains between Nairobi and Mombasa

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Kenya Railways will from Today 4th January 2021 and 5th January 2021 operate a pair of night passenger trains between Nairobi and Mombasa to facilitate resumption of schooling for students. The trains, scheduled to leave both Nairobi and Mombasa at 9PM will arrive in the two destinations at 3am.

According to Kenya Railways Managing Director Philip Mainga, the trains will be essential in facilitating travel during this period when schools have reopened across the country.

“We are running this service because of the boom in passengers from the schools reopening with the aim of supporting parents, teachers and students moving from different locations. Airports and matatus have been overwhelmed,” he told Citizen Digital.

Passengers will be allowed to use the trains past the curfew hours upon proof of ticketing, Mainga said.

“For as long as one has their ticket, there shouldn’t be a challenge in connecting. For Nairobi, we have no challenge as we have a commuter train which will bring passengers into the Central Business District (CBD) at around 4am,” he continued.

The trains will operate indirectly to include the traditional stopovers including Mtito Andei, Voi, Emali, Kibwezi and Mariakani.

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