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PSVs back at Railways bus terminus after morning chaos at Green Park

Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) was on Wednesday forced to move Passenger Service Vehicles (PSV) back to the Nairobi Railway Station stage from Green Park Terminal after day one of a five-day trial was marred by confusion.

It was an all too familiar scenario as the fourth test run was yet again marred by confusion and traffic snarl-ups.

Going by Wednesday’s events, commuters and motorists should as well brace themselves for more agony for the duration of the test run which ends on Sunday (June 26, 2022). Thereafter, the NMS will issue further communication.

Commuters exit the Green Park Terminus after alighting from Public Service Vehicles on June 22, 2022. The Nairobi Metropolitan Service (NMS) is conducting a 5-day trial of the terminus before it is fully commissioned. PHOTO | FRANCIS NDERITU

Wednesday’s test run was only affected matatus that ply the Rongai, Kiseran, Ngong, Karen, Langata, Nairobi West/Madaraka, Kibra, Kawangware, Dagoretti/Satellite, Kilimani, Highrise/Ngumo and Kikuyu routes.

For the duration of the test run, matatus from Langata Road on reaching Nyayo Stadium are required to join Uhuru Highway to Bunyala Roundabout where they will turn left and take Lower Hill Road.

From Lower Hill, they will join Haile Selassie Avenue, turn left for a few metres and make a U-turn, which has been constructed to filter traffic, before entering Green Park.

Commuters and matatu operators at the Green Park Terminus on June 22, 2022 during test run. at the soon to be commissioned facility. PHOTO | FRANCIS NDERITU

Matatus also have an option of heading to the City Mortuary roundabout and joining Ngong Road then taking the road to the Kenya National Library and NHIF area and entering the terminus through a dedicated lane.

NMS Transport Director, Engineer Micheal Ochieng, said various plans have been developed to address congestion at the terminus, with no vehicle meant to take more than 20 minutes at the park.

He further said the dedicated lanes for entry and exit are meant to avoid the movement of matatu’s at Green Park from affecting traffic flow on other roads.