No matatu will be allowed inside Nairobi Central Business District (CBD), the Nairobi County Government has confirmed through a gazzete notice published in local dailies on Thursday.
City Hall’s new rules are part of the wider plan to regenerate Nairobi, a city whose economic potential has not been fully realised due to a number of factors. The unruly transport sector has been cited as one of the major hindrances.
In the notice, the County Government listed bus termini that all Public Service Vehicles (PSVs) will be required to operate from, the termini will be the closest that the matatus will be from the CBD and will also serve as the points where passengers will board and alight the vehicles.
It is not clear how the county plans to enforce the new rules given that similar orders in the past, including limiting two vehicles per sacco to pick and drop passengers at a time into the CBD never worked.
All PSVs currently accessing CBD from Waiyaki Way/Uhuru Highway, Kipande Road and Limuru Road will operate from the Murang’a Road (Fig Tree) Terminus A.
The Murang’a Road (Fig Tree) Terminus B will serve as the operational point of all vehicles accessing CBD from Thika Road upto and including Ruiru and Kiambu Road.
PSVs that go past Ruiru but branch off before or at Kenol Town on Nyeri/ Meru-Nairobi Road will now operate from Desai Service Road Terminus.
All matatus that go past Kenol on Nyeri Meru-Nairobi Road as well as all upcountry matatus accessing Nairobi via Waiyaki Way will now be confined to the Park Road Terminus.
Further, all vehicles plying Juja Road, Ring Road, Ngara and Park Road will operate from the Ngara Road Terminus.
Ongata Rongai, Langata and Kajiado residents will be picked and dropped at the Hakati Terminus while all urban and peri-urban routes from Ngong Road will now operate from the Railway Terminus.
The Muthurwa Terminus will serve all vehicles from Jogoo Road/ Lusaka Road while all upcountry high capacity vehicles will work from Machakos Terminus.
All other diametric routes will from Monday be forced to connect from the Central Bus Station.