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Nairobi- Mombasa SGR services set to resume on Monday


The Madaraka Express passenger service will resume on Monday, July 13 following the lifting of the ban of movement in and out of Nairobi and Mombasa.

Speaking during a media address on Wednesday, Transport CS James Macharia said the first train will depart Nairobi at 8:00 am on Monday and is expected to arrive at the Coast at 12:45pm.

The train will then leave Mombasa for Nairobi at 1:25pm and is expected back in the Capital at 6:40pm to allow passengers to reach their destinations before the curfew time at 9:00 pm.

The CS further added that the Kenya Railways shall deploy 10 coaches for passengers with a total one-way capacity of 600 passengers which is 50 percent capacity.

An additional coach will also be deployed to be used for isolation of passengers suspected to be infected with COVID-19 during the journey.

“The extra coach will leave empty and we hope it will arrive in Mombasa empty because it will be used for only one purpose; to carry any suspected case of COVID-19 detected during the journey between Nairobi and Mombasa and vice versa,” he said

In the same briefing, CS Macharia said  passengers and tourists arriving into Kenya from other countries when international flights resume operations in August, will not be subjected to mandatory quarantine if they do not show any symptoms of COVID-19.

“Where there is a suspected case of COVID-19 on the flight, the crew shall be quarantined at home. If they test negative for COVID-19, they shall be allowed to resume normal duties. Where layovers are necessary, crew members shall not be allowed to leave their hotel rooms, except in cases of emergency, All passengers shall be exempt from quarantine on arrival at their destinations if their body temperature is not above 37.5 37.5 degree Celsius and they do not have a persistent cough, difficulty in breathing and other flu-like symptoms. This is important because we do not expect a tourist to come from wherever, they land here and then they are quarantined for 14 days.”  he said