Commuters in Syokimau stranded after train breaks down

May 19, 2016 9:48 am
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According to the Rift Valley Railways which operates the service, the failure affected the connection between the control room and stations/FILE
According to the Rift Valley Railways which operates the service, the failure affected the connection between the control room and stations/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, May 19 – Commuters in Syokimau were stranded Thursday morning after train services were suspended due to network failure.

According to the Rift Valley Railways which operates the service, the failure affected the connection between the control room and stations.

Overview
  • According to the Rift Valley Railways which operates the service, the failure affected the connection between the control room and stations.
  • The company indicated that technicians are rectifying the fault to be able to restore the train services as soon as possible.
  • Commuters were urged to use alternative means of transport as the crisis is resolved.

The company indicated that technicians are rectifying the fault to be able to restore the train services as soon as possible.

“Train service along Syokimau route suspended due to network failure between control room and stations working to resolve situation,” the company stated in a tweet.

Commuters were urged to use alternative means of transport as the crisis is resolved.

As a result of this, many commuters resorted to using private means of transport along Mombasa road.

In the meantime, there was heavy traffic in the city with motorists being urged to drive carefully and avoid flooded areas after heavy rains rendered some sections impassable.

Nairobi Traffic Commandant Leonard Katana has told Capital FM News that roads experiencing heavy traffic as a result of floods include Mombasa Road, Thika road and Forest Road.

“There is heavy traffic along many roads as a result of the rains which have caused flooding in many sections. Motorists should drive carefully to avoid accidents,” he stated.

The flooding has been blamed on poor drainage which the County Government says is being addressed.

Katana further encouraged pedestrians to use the designated foot paths despite the rains to ensure their safety.

“I would also want to tell pedestrians to cross the roads at the designated spots despite the rains. In know it is tempting to cross the road anywhere during this time of rain but I want to urge them to desist from doing so,” he said.

He stated that officers will be on the lookout for anybody breaking any laws or crossing the roads carelessly.

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