, NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 13 – The Cabinet has directed the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure to focus on commuter rail as an alternative transport for the Nairobi City.
During the third Cabinet meeting of 2014 held on Thursday and chaired by President Uhuru Kenyatta, the Cabinet noted with great concern the current traffic congestion in the City of Nairobi.
The Cabinet directed the Transport and Infrastructure Cabinet Secretary Michael Kamau to liaise with the Governor of Nairobi Evans Kidero to find an urgent solution for easing traffic flow in the city.
They asked Kamau to develop the commuter rail through Public Private Partnerships (PPP) pointing out that there is need for a long term solution.
The Cabinet also noted that construction of the Standard Gauge Railway that is already underway will cut transport cost by up to 70 percent and will facilitate faster and cheaper movement of goods and passengers.
They also noted that the global economic prospects are improving with expectations that the country will have a stable macro – economic environment with the United States (US) registering a six percent growth and sub Saharan economies doing well.
This, the Cabinet said, will greatly improve Kenya’s competitiveness.
The Secretaries approved the Budget Policy Statement (BPS) 2014, the Division of Revenue, 2014, and the County Allocation of Revenue Bill, 2014.
In December 2013 Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero launched the much anticipated traffic cameras during the kenya@50 celebrations scheduled to begin on December 11 to help with easing traffic.
Kidero also says police will stop controlling traffic in Kenya’s capital city from March 1 2014 to allow drivers and pedestrians to make use of the newly installed electronic traffic control system.