Mombasa, KENYA: The Kenya Ferry Services on Wednesday signed a Sh5.8 billion Likoni cable car deal under a concessional arrangement with Trapos Limited.
The car cable service that was earlier scheduled to start this month, is expected to ease congestion at the Likoni- Ferry channel and provide a complimentary service for those that cross the channel every day.
Trapos Limited is expected to construct, maintain and run the project for 25 years before officially handing over to the government.
Speaking at KFS headquarters during the signing, KFS Managing Director Bakari Gowa said they expect the project to take two years after ground-breaking.
“The agreement will be taken to the cabinet for review before it is approved and we are optimistic the cabinet will approve it,” said Bakari Gowa.
The cable cars have the capacity to transport 5,500 people per hour with passengers paying Sh20 and Sh100 and it will be managed by Likoni Cable Express Limited.
Gowa added that the project will include 22 cabins that can carry 38 people. The main station, which will be on the Island side of the ferry and will have a hotel facility and administration office.
“The sub-station will be located on the mainland side and will only have a dropping and collection centre.This innovative passenger transport solution will operate seven days a week with a journey time of three to four minutes, ” Added Gowa.
This comes as the national government has also rolled out a plan to build a bridge connecting Mombasa Island and Mainland to aid transport along the Likoni-Ferry Channel.