The Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) has put into place a traffic movement plan which will apply to all Public Service Vehicles (PSVs) coming to the city from South and South-West of Nairobi as plans to start using the Green Park bus terminal begin.
The Green Park Terminal (GPT) is part of the Nairobi Integrated Urban Development Master Plan (NIUPLAN) which is a multi-agency project that seeks to ensure a reliable and efficient transport system in the city.
Speaking during transport stakeholders’ forum at Green Park Terminal in Nairobi, NMS Director Roads Transport and Public Works Eng. Michael Ochieng said the Terminal aims to decongest CBD, reduce travel time, improve commuter experiences and encourage use of public transport as preference to private transport.
He said that the ongoing NIUPLAN project includes relocating railway terminus to Green Park, establishment of Park Roads Terminus adjacent to Desai Service Road, addition of pedestrian walk ways and roads and construction of additional Non-Motorized Transport lanes.
Eng. Ochieng stated that NMS has put into place a traffic movement plan which will apply to all Public Service Vehicles (PSVs) coming to the city from South and South-West of Nairobi.
“All PSVs accessing the CBD through Langata Road shall turn left and join Raila Odinga way up to City mortuary roundabout, join Ngong Road into Haile Selassie Avenue near NHIF and deploy extreme left along entry lane into GPT,” he said.
He added that all other traffic vehicles that do not fit the definition of PSV shall continue to use their preferred routes.
The Director explained that Non-Motorized Transport Corridors have been constructed for safe pedestrian movement into and out of the terminal through Haile Selassie Roundabout, Parliament Road, Intercontinental and General Post Office Roundabout.
He noted the improvement and the positive changes especially in Upper Hill and Kenyatta Avenue roads and commended the contractors on their good work.
NMS Head of Traffic Senior Superintendent Boniface Otieno said all PSVs accessing the CBD through Langata Road can also use Nyayo Stadium and pass through Uhuru Highway all the way to Bunyala Road where the vehicles will access the Terminal through Lower Hill Road.
NMS Deputy Director Road, Transport and Public Works Martin Eshiwani stated that the Nairobi Commuter Rail Buses will provide linkage services from the Green Park Terminal, along and outside CBD.
“The bus will pick people from the terminal to town and also extend its services to Machakos area,” added Eshiwani.
He explained that some buses have the capacity of carrying 66 passengers while others can accommodate up to 100 people.
By Mary Ndegwa and Manu Mumba