Nairobi traffic and possible solutions
SEE ALSO :Gap between rich, poor growing-OxfamIf the Government was to move ahead with re-carpeting of Likoni Road all the way to Jogoo Road, the 10-20 minutes would definitely reduce as there is still some traffic snarl-up due to huge potholes. Another example is the speed bumps along Thika Road. The amount of traffic jams they cause need no explanation. However, it would be important to note that the national government is working on the same although at a slow pace. Another element to figure out is the effect of practicing professionals and consultants in the city centre and the number of driving employees and clients they pull into the city centre, a good example is when the court/judiciary is in recess; traffic within the city centre eases or declines. What to do? As a result, the Government may wish to re-carpet all major roads within and outside the city, attain free traffic flow along Uhuru highway, Haile Selassie Avenue, Ring road, Muranga road, Prof Wangari Maathai Road and University Way, set up of parking lots and matatu terminus along mentioned roads, identify areas of heavy human traffic and the possibility of rail transport use in those areas e.g. industrial area, evaluate possibility of opening up of the two roads between Nairobi river and Kirinyaga Road, which are currently not easily accessible as they have been converted into garages and finally, movement of matatu terminus from Tom Mboya street and old nation roundabout. The question that arises is how to achieve above items. There exists theoretical solutions which may be enhanced through research and expert input. The possibilities are; by attaining free traffic flow along the identified roads, the government would ensure that a vehicle can move around the city without affecting the city centre or traffic from major roads into the city. To attain this, it would be important to address the following junctions or roundabouts; University way-Uhuru highway, Kenyatta avenue-Uhuru highway, Haile Selassie avenue-Uhuru highway, Moi avenue-Haile Selassie avenue, Haile Selassie avenue-Ring Road-ladhies road-jogoo road. The free traffic flow created along the identified roads would be the official route for BRT. Further, it is along those roads that the government would set up terminus and parking lots. The new parking lots created would charge parking fees at 10 per cent of the city centre charge, say, Sh20 against Sh200 in the city centre.
SEE ALSO :China’s economy expands slightly in 2018Note that all major roads into the city access the city centre through the identified roads. The government can acquire or enter into an arrangement with Kenya Railways to set up multi storey parking lots on the section along Haile Selassie avenue, Uhuru highway and Bunyala Road. Note that there is heavy human traffic into and out of industrial area, majorly through the city centre, to residential areas around the city and Eastlands. Other roads There exists a rail system in industrial area which was in use for delivery of goods to manufacturers. How about re-activating the rail for passenger trains into and out of the city before working on other areas by opening the two roads between Kirinyaga Road and Nairobi river, which are now in use as garages? This would enable the government to convert a number of roads into one-ways streets. Setting up terminus along the identified roads would ensure that PSV’s do not get into the city, freeing a lot of road space that is now occupied by PSVs resulting in traffic congestion. Using Thika road into Muranga Road or Ring Road you will note that there is a major bottleneck at globe roundabout and old nation roundabout caused by matatu terminus’ along Tom Mboya street and River road. Other roads whose traffic is greatly affected by matatu terminus are Racecourse Road, Ladhies road, Ronald Ngala Road, Luthuli avenue, Latema Road. By also setting up parking lots along the same routes that are cheaper than city centre would ensure that private users utilize them and use BRT to access the city, in most cases private cars users park in the city centre and conduct all their other business either on foot or by use of taxis and matatus.