Kenya Railways extends SGR departure time due to rains

Kenya Railways on Thursday night announced a change to the departure of the night train from Nairobi to Mombasa.

In a statement on Thursday night, KR said that the Madaraka train will be leaving the station at Midnight instead of the usual 10 pm.

They said the extension was attributed to traffic snarl up due to the current rains that have caused havoc across the country and the need to ensure no one is left behind.

“In a bid to ensure that no one is left behind, we have extended the departure time to give passengers ample time to arrive at the Nairobi Terminus,” read the statement.

Earlier, KR had also suspended passenger train services from Nairobi to four satellite destinations.

In a public notice, the company said the suspension had been occasioned by the ongoing heavy rains that have caused flooding in Nairobi and its environs.

“We wish to notify members of the public that commuter train services from Nairobi-Ruiru, Nairobi-Embakasi village, Nairobi-Lukenya and Nairobi Syokimau have been temporarily due to the ongoing excessive rains,” the notice read in part.

The company said the precautionary measure was for the sake of passengers’ safety owing to the prevailing adverse weather conditions.

“We will communicate once normal services resume. We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience caused,” it said.

At the same time, Kenya Airways also announced further delays in outbound flights due to staff being caught up in heavy traffic caused by ongoing heavy rains in Nairobi.

“Due to the adverse weather conditions and resulting traffic congestion in Nairobi, some of our departures from the city may experience extended delays. Affected passengers will be duly notified via email or text message,” the carrier stated on Thursday.

These disruptions mark a continuation of challenges stemming from adverse weather conditions experienced at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) last week, which resulted in flight diversions and delayed arrivals, exacerbating operational inefficiencies for the airline.

Kenya Airways, in a recent statement, acknowledged the likelihood of service interruptions persisting until the week’s conclusion.

Nairobi has been affected by the ongoing heavy rains which have resulted in flooding.

The government said the floods have killed at least 200 people countrywide as of Thursday, May 2.

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