Standard Gauge Railway tickets now available on M-PESA

The standard gauge railway train PHOTO COURTESY

Mombasa,KENYA:Commuters wishing to travel on the standard gauge railway train can now purchase tickets via M-pesa.

The government on Friday introduced M-pesa paybill number 809888 and the account number  ‘Ticket’ for commuters intending to travel to Mombasa from Nairobi or Nairobi from Mombasa aboard the Madaraka Express train.

This follows complaints from Kenyans that getting tickets was difficult.

A communique from transport permanent secretary Fatuma Hirsi said the government is also planning to Introduce more trips between Mombasa-Nairobi.

“Beginning July 1, 2017 more trains will be introduced. This will entail a morning and evening trip”, she said.

She also revealed that plans are underway to have the online ticketing platform up and running in the shortest time possible.

Nairobi – Public Service Vehicles pick travelers at the Nairobi Central Railway Station and transport them to and from the Nairobi Terminus.

Mombasa – Public Service Vehicles operators are serving customers from the Mombasa railway station to Mombasa Terminus and back.

According to the PS, county Train operations will commence operations on July 1, 2017.