Kenya and the United Kingdom have engaged in discussions aimed at expediting the development of the Nairobi Railway City Project, as announced by Prime Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi.

During a meeting held at his Railways Headquarters offices with British High Commissioner to Kenya Neil Wigan on March 5, 2024, Mudavadi highlighted the potential of the project to significantly improve urban mobility within the Nairobi Metropolitan area.

The Nairobi Railway City is envisioned as an expansive multi-modal urban development spanning 425 acres of land. Situated strategically between Haile Selassie Avenue, Uhuru Highway, Landhies Road, and Bunyala Road, the project aims to alleviate congestion and enhance accessibility within the capital.

Last year, the government unveiled the master plan for the Nairobi Railway City, which aims to transform and decongest the Central Business District. With its prime location adjacent to the Nairobi Central Railway Station, the project is poised to become a pivotal hub for the city’s multimodal transport system, featuring a modern railway station, commercial complexes, hotels, and intermodal facilities.

The development of the Nairobi Railway City is expected to yield various benefits, including the revitalization of the surrounding area, creation of sustainable urban spaces, establishment of Transit Oriented Development (ToD) zones to support commuter rail ridership, provision of multi-modal transport facilities, expansion of the Nairobi CBD, and elevation of Nairobi’s status on the global stage.

In September of the previous year, Mudavadi announced the UK government’s commitment to prioritizing the Nairobi Railway City project as part of its Africa agenda. This commitment followed discussions held at the UK Parliament, focusing on the legal and technical aspects crucial for launching the railway system.

Mudavadi emphasized that the recent talks with Wigan build upon previous engagements, aiming to identify areas of mutual benefit between Kenya and the UK. Additionally, Mudavadi met with Australian High Commissioner to Kenya Jenny Da Rin to explore avenues for enhancing bilateral cooperation between Kenya and Australia.

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