Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has introduced drastic measures meant to ease traffic in Nairobi but which will also force commuters to walk more.
In fulfillment of one of his election pledges; to reduce traffic congestion in the country’s capital, Sonko together with the traffic police and the National Transport and Safety Authority(NTSA) has set up new matatu termini.
Sonko has created 11 new matatu termini and routes and scraped the stages previously used by PSVs as drop off and pick up points.
“The operators are required to take note that the above changes take effect on September 20, 2017 and all previous gazette notices/letters allocating any other place as picking and dropping areas in the CBD are hereby revoked and become null and void..,” said acting Nairobi County secretary Leboo Ole Morintat.
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According to the new order, all matatus accessing the city from Waiyaki Way,Uhuru Highway,Kipande Road and Limuru Road will terminate at the Murang’a Road(Fig Tree) terminus A. This means commuters will be forced to walk from Ngara to the CBD.
Further, PSVs entering the city through Thika Road and Kiambu Road will now drop and pick passengers also at the Murang’a Road (Fig Tree) terminus B.
All those vehicles that go past Ruiru but branch off before or at Kenol town on Nyeri/Nairobi Road will use the Desai Service Road terminus as their drop off and pick-up point.
The Park Road terminus will be used by all vehicles coming from upcountry and which use Uhuru Highway and the Meru-Nairobi Road to get into the CBD.
All vehicles using Juja Road,Ring Road Ngara and Park Road to access the CBD will use Ngara Road terminus while all those coming from Ngong Road will use the Railways terminus.
The new plan is also aimed at clearing the congested streets in the CBD like Moi Avenue, Tom Mboya Street,Luthuli Avenue among others which have been converted into termini leading to clogging.