SGR services to resume on Monday

The SGR station in Mombasa. The Madaraka express services that were halted in March will resume on Monday. PHOTO: FILE

The Madaraka Express, or as many call it, SGR, will resume its commuter services on Monday.

Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia on Wednesday said the first trip will depart from Nairobi at 8:00am with its arrival time to Mombasa expected to be 12pm.

The train will then leave Mombasa an hour later and expected at Nairobi at around 6pm.

The train will only be allowed to carry 50 per cent of the total capacity to ensure there’s social distance.

“Kenya Railways Corporation will deploy 10 coaches for passengers with a one-way total capacity of 600 in order to ensure that social distance is maintained,” said CS Macharia.

There will also be an isolated coach ready to pick up passengers suspected to have the virus.

The government will also provide a 6:35am commuter service train that from Nairobi Central Business District (CBD) to the SGR terminus in Syokimau.

Meanwhile, as social distancing will be implemented on the Madaraka Express, the same regulations will not be implemented on flights.

The Transport CS said that there will be no social distancing on planes when the local and international flights resume on 15th July and 1st August respectively.

CS Macharia said that all passengers will, however, be required to have a COVID-19 free certificate.

With the provision of the certificates, CS Macharia said that there will also be no mandatory quarantine for passengers arriving in Kenya from other countries if they do not exhibit COVID-19 symptoms.

Also, there will be a curfew exception for those scheduled to fly at night as long as one had a boarding pass.

You are however discouraged from having many people escort you to the airport.