State Department of Housing and Urban Development PS Polycap Hinga recently announced on his twitter handle that the blue print for Nairobi’s Railway City is ready for implementation.
Railway city, will be established in the heart of Nairobi surrounded bordering industrial area to the South and the CBD to the north, on a 172-ha piece of land including 118 ha of land belonging to Kenya Railways.
The city which is meant to expand and revitalize Nairobi’s CBD, will host a new central railway station designed to be a multi-modal hub within the CBD. The new station will ensure a seamless connection among Commuter rail, 3BRTs, Airport Limousine, City bus, and Bicycles. Railway City is designed to link to Nairobi’s traditional CBD via Moi avenue.
According to the blue print, Nairobi Railway city will host multi-modal transit stations, mixed use/commercial buildings, international offices, SME cluster and high-tech industry buildings, residential buildings, community and government buildings, rich open space and plazas, and powerful non-motorized/pedestrian walkways.
The proposed city transportation plan will integrate various transportation plans including mixed traffic carriage ways, bus lanes, pedestrian walkways, pedestrian corridors and cycle lanes. In the new plan, rail transport will make up to 16% of the transport facilities provided in the city while walking facilities will still be the highest (45.8%).
A rail system will ease congestion on links around the Railway City, especially Uhuru Highway, Haile Selassie Avenue, Landhies Road according to the plan.
Railway city company, the chief developer, will be responsible for ensuring an appropriate spread of essential social facilities across the city. The city is projected to host a residential population of 27,534.
Implementation of the plan is estimated to cost about KES 27.9 billion for putting up the infrastructure for the railway city which will include landscaping, roads & pavements, railway infrastructure, water supply, sewerage systems, telecommunications and power.
The implementation plan is projected to take 20 years and is divided into three phases. Phase one involves developing basic infrastructure (2020-2030), phase two for activation of the city’s economy (2030-2035), and phase three which will allow for spontaneous development following planning and development guidelines.
‘The city is designed to be a new central economic zone, Integrated multimodal hub, Green TOD with iconic urban space,’ says the draft report presented to MCAs at a workshop in May 2019.