NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 21 – Nairobi motorists have lauded the new traffic measures being undertaken to decongest the city.
Motorists using Langata and Mombasa Roads said it was a big reprieve after Nairobi County Government opened the Bunyala and Lusaka roundabouts.
“There are no drums now, the road is just ok. Vehicles are moving smoothly and the kind of traffic we have is usual, just a bit of it,” Samuel Maina aka Kadaddy told Capital FM News.
According to Kadaddy, the heavy drums used to block sections of the two roundabouts that connect Langata Road and Mombasa Road to Uhuru Highway caused more traffic jams.
He explained that the plan was a disservice because they had to use a longer route which took them hours due to the traffic snarl up.
Though they think removing the roundabouts will ease the traffic, they asked the County Government to ensure there are connecting roads to ensure vehicles keep moving.
Matatus drivers also said they were likely to reduce the transport fares, if they will spend less time in traffic.
“These things happen automatically, we don’t need to be told to reduce the fares, if we don’t stay for long on the road, then we will just reduce the fares
The operators also lauded the government for opening the Southern bypass which is being used by heavy vehicles to divert vehicles using Mombasa Road.
Only heavy vehicles with permits are being allowed to use Mombasa Road via town.
However most heavy vehicle drivers said the Southern by-pass was even a better option for them to connect to Nakuru, Naivasha and Kisumu from Mombasa Road without having to pass through town.
“Most lorry drivers don’t want to pass through town. The Southern bypass is the best option because they can cross from Mombasa Road go to Langata Road and also connect to Nakuru, Naivasha, Eldoret and Kisumu without having to pass through the city,” Julius Karanja said.
On Monday, Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero said discussions were ongoing to also relocate upcountry bus stations from the city centre as another of the interventions being implemented to ease traffic in Nairobi.