The ongoing construction along Mombasa –Nairobi highway continues to affect businesses especially transportation, with investors complaining of low businesses.
Bus operators including motorists plying the highway over the weekend complained of low business as hundreds of travelers spent more than 16 hours on the 30km stretch on both lanes.
“Since Friday, we have not had favorable conditions because of the jam at Taru and we have been affected as a bus company as our buses arrive late leading to complains from our customers who are the most affected,” Said Florence Wangeci, Modern Coast Bus services supervisor.
According to Coast regional traffic enforcement officer, Martin Kariuki, the jam was caused by a diversion around Taru where part of the road is under repair and the light rains made the ground muddy making trucks get stuck thus blocking the road.
“Usually our buses take 8 hours on the road but because of the jam, they even take 18 to 21 hours, this has really affected us, as all our buses are on the road and it becomes very hard for us as we expect a bus that arrives in the morning to leave in the evening; at times they get stuck and break down,” added Wangeci.
On Saturday, a fracas was reported at the Modern Coast Offices as passengers who were to travel by one the company buses, refused to board a different bus other than what they had paid for after a number of new buses were withdrawn from the road.
The bus company blamed the ongoing road construction along the Mombasa-Nairobi highway for the scuffle witnessed that morning.