Radical Measures to Decongest the City Unveiled
Nairobi City County and the National Government Monday 9th, March, 2015 unveiled new radical measures to tame congestion and ease the traffic flow within the city.
Announcing a raft of new measures which covers the immediate, short, medium and long term, Governor Evans Kidero said that a fresh re-design of the city's mass transport system and an expansive road building and improvement project has kicked off.
Said Governor Kidero, "With increase in population and spatial growth not matched by infrastructural growth, Nairobi is slowly degenerating into an unproductive stasis and lethargy. Traffic jams already cost our economy about $1billion annually. Nairobi is too important to be allowed to drown in gridlock. We must act fast to get this city working and moving again."
The Governor and Transport and Infrastructure Cabinet Secretary, Eng. Micheal Kamau spelt out the new measures to decongest the city at a launch attended by hundreds of stakeholders.
Among the immediate measures within the next three months are that an intra-agency team will be constituted to police roads within Nairobi Metropolitan Area and that all public service vehicles found flouting the rules will have their licenses revoked.
Within Nairobi and its satellite towns, PSVs will be allowed just five minutes at bus stops and 40 minutes to drop and pick passengers. Also key shall be the gazettement of new routes and termini.
Also prioritized for immediate action is the conversion of roundabouts into signalized junctions, with the city's main arterial roads being targeted, starting with Mombasa Road- Uhuru Highway-Waiyaki way.
Addressing the same forum, Eng. Kamau said that the authorities have proposed massive traffic re-configuration both at the above junctions and within the Central Business District.
If the authorities have their way, no new PSVs will be licensed, while handcarts and trolleys have been banned from city roads. The police and the NCCG personnel will be trained on traffic management from a Control Centre.
The removal of bumps and potholes on key roads and better signage are also listed among the "quick wins."
The measures are contained in a report by a special task force appointed by both governments to come up with ways of de- congesting the city. The Executive Task force on Nairobi decongestion was headed by Nairobi City County (CECM) for Transport, Mr. Mohammed Abdullahi.
It had representatives from the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure, Nairobi City County Government, National Transport Safety Authority, Traffic Police, Kenya urban Roads Authority and Kenya National Highways Authority.
The report also had input from consultants Mott MacDonald, Gauff and Wanjohi Consulting Firm.