Mudavadi tours Kings Cross rail station in London in bid to decongest Nairobi
Prime Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi has appeared to champion the ambitious Nairobi Railway City Project by strengthening discussions and collaboration between Kenya and the United Kingdom for the construction of the transformational Railway City and Central Station.
Mudavadi, who led a Kenyan delegation on a three-day official visit to the UK, visited the famous Kings Cross London, a blueprint for the proposed Nairobi Railway City.
The Kings Cross development has effectively revitalised London’s central business district into a vibrant and sustainable urban centre.
“Our goal, in partnership with the UK Government, is to breathe new life into and establish a cutting-edge Railway Station, the Nairobi Railway City Station, and the Central Station. This initiative is the catalyst for bringing the Nairobi Railway City Project to fruition,” Mudavadi said after his tour, where he articulated his vision for the Nairobi Railway City Project.
While at the Kings Cross, Mudavadi lauded the comprehensive nature that the UK government has put in place for a seamless movement of its citizens.
“This venture transcends mere commuter movement; it constitutes a holistic transformation of economic activities surrounding the railway station. The success story we’ve witnessed at Kings Cross in London is a bustling hub that converges approximately 50 thousand individuals daily, fostering commerce, commuting, and diverse economic endeavors. This dynamic has given rise to a new ecosystem in the area.”
He emphasised that the Kenyan government under President William Ruto is working to establish such a transport system through a modernised Nairobi railway station that will attract some thirty thousand people daily.
He also acknowledged the importance of the project and the ongoing dialogue with key UK officials.
The Kenyan delegation, which included Attorney General Justin Muturi, also met with Rail Minister Huw Merriman to discuss the remaining legal and technical issues that are essential for the rail system to become operational.
Following the successive meetings, Theo Clarke, the UK Prime Minister’s Trade Representative and Private Secretary to the Department for Business and Trade, will visit Kenya next week to take forward the discussions.
The Sh30 billion Rail City Project which was launched by President Ruto in December will have 10,000 affordable housing units, eco-friendly green spaces, and modern matatu terminus which will be linked to Bus Rapid Transport (BRT).