NAIROBI, KENYA: The World Bank and European Union have given transport ministry Sh 56 billion to re-arrange the urban transport system to cover at least five counties.
The counties are Nairobi, Kiambu, Machakos, Murang'a and Kajiado.
"Nairobi County has seven million people during the day and four million people during the night meaning some three million people work in Nairobi but stay in the neighbouring counties," said Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia.
He was speaking during the first UN-Habitat Assembly Summit in Nairobi. The World Bank gave Sh 10 billion and E U Sh46 billion for the rapid efficient transport system in Nairobi and its neighbouring counties.
Mr. Macharia said there is a need for heavy investment in the urban transport system and a master plan, which involves safety on the roads, transport mobility, enforcement of traffic laws by public transport authority such as the use of speed governors, is compulsory.
Under the urban transport system programme, the construction of a road from the airport to Westlands is already underway. Experts at the summit revealed that the Government has been advised to overhaul the transport network to address urbanisation transport challenges and improve the quality of transport for the residents of Nairobi and neighbouring counties.
"Adoption of the right mobility options beyond rail and roads is necessary for sustainable cities in Kenya and other cities in African", said UN-Habitat executive director Ms. Maimunah Mohd Sharif.
She said there is a need for the Government to address the missing links to encourage and enhance better connections, redistribution of traffic and decongesting of the streets and roads. Mr. Macharia said traffic congestion, accidents, pedestrian fatalities, filthy environment attributed to unworthy road vehicles are some of the challenges bought by urbanisation his ministry is trying to address.
The World Bank and EU money will be used to ensure there is integration between footpaths and bicycle lanes with transport stops and stations.
This will ensure Kenya achieve Sustainable Development Goals, particularly Target 11.2 of the SDGs which is to adopt innovative solutions to improve mass public transport such as Rapid Bus Transit System and Urban Railways Transport System.
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