Knowing Kenyans and going to the Coast over the holidays is a must and they go in large numbers. Since the Mombasa–Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway was introduced to Kenyans as a faster, a more safer and convenient for passengers to travel by compared to buses, its demand has increased than expected.
Kenya Railways has announced on their twitter page that from next week, they will add more coaches to the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) passenger service between Nairobi and Mombasa.
PUBLIC NOTICE: Due to high demand for Madaraka Express tickets, we hereby announce an addition of five coaches from August 19 – 22, 2019 for the NRB – MSA morning train and the MSA – NRB afternoon train. pic.twitter.com/3HslIcnha0
— Kenya Railways (@KenyaRailways_) August 15, 2019
It is not a rare act for the railway service to increase coaches during the holiday season. As this continues, it is promoting active tourism and also will generate revenue for the government. A win win on both ends.
This is a very smart move and it will see more people travel and miss out on the train tickets due to its nature of always being fully booked during peak season.
The train is currently pulling 16 coaches on economy class tickets and two (72 passengers) on the first class tickets.
For those who have not yet traveled by this locomotive should include it on their bucket list agendas, to experience comfortably and a more faster ride to and from Mombasa and Nairobi. Currently with the 16 coaches it has, it can take 1652 people.