NMS postpones scheduled Green Park terminus test run

Tuesday, June 15th, 2021 21:07 | By
Pedestrians walk to the CBD after alighting from matatus at the Green Park Bus Terminus off Ngong Road following an NMS test-run at the drop-off point, yesterday. Photo/PD/David Ndolo

Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) has postponed its third test run at Green Park terminus from Wednesday to Friday, June 18.

The test run will run between 5am and 9pm as matatus will be barred from dropping and picking of passengers at the Central Business District.

Machakos and Kitengela bound PSVs operating from the Nairobi Railway Station Bus terminus will use Lusaka Road from Nyayo Stadium roundabout to Hakati Bus Terminus where Langata and Nairobi West/ Madaraka vehicles operate from.

In April, NMS condocted a smillar test run to the one to be conducted on Friday.

During the test run, NMS was keen to see how passengers will connect to Central Business District (CBD) once it has been opened next month.

“We are here to asess how this terminus will be working once opened. We have noted some challenges which we will address before we open it next month,” NMS Director of Roads Engineer Michael Ochieng said.

During the test run conducted in April, most of the passengers expressed dissatisfaction with the plan as many complained that NMS had not put enough measures to address their plight.

“The government is trying but it would have done it better if they did a serious campaign and informed Kenyans about this park. The exercise caught us by surprise.

"The most worrying thing is that this place is also far from being completed,” complained Moses Maina a resident of Langata.

Others said that terminus was more of a punishment to them, as they had to walk for long distances.

"I work in Ngara, I will have to walk all the way to Khoja to get a vehicle. Let them address this first,” complained Maureen Wanjiru.

On their part, PSV drivers complained of the huge traffic snarl-up within the city.

“This plan is good but traffic still remains to be a big issue for us. They should come with an elaborate plan to address this,” complained Kelvin Momanyi a driver working South B Sacco.

All PSVs that operate from the Nairobi railway station stage will be dropping passengers at the terminal upon its completion.

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