A multi-agency team that met on Friday, March 25, stated that plans were in place to have the new station serve concurrently with the Nairobi Expressway.
Upon completion, the new terminal will handle traffic from Ngong Road, Langata Road/Raila Odinga Road, Argwings Kodhek Road, Bunyala Road and Lusaka Road.
“Green Park Terminal is part of the Nairobi Integrated Urban Development Master Plan (NIUPLAN), a multi-agency project that seeks to ensure a reliable and efficient transport system in the city,” NMS stated.
“The terminal aims to decongest the CBD of vehicular traffic, reduce travel time, improve commuter experiences and encourage use of public transport as a preference to private transport,” NMS added.
NMS also partnered with Kenya Railways Corporation to enable alighting passengers to access Nairobi Central Business District (CBD). In the new partnership, commuters will be ferried to the CBD at a subsidized fee.
“Kenya Railways Buses will ferry passengers between CBD and the Green Park Bus Terminal. Precedence to be given to priority groups including the elderly, Persons With Disabilities (PWDs), and expectant mothers,” NMS announced.
The delay in the opening of the Ksh250 million Green Park Terminal was necessitated by the ongoing construction of the Nairobi Expressway which runs from Mlolongo to James Gichuru Road in Westlands.
Other terminals being constructed in the city include Bunyala, Workshop Road terminal, Desai, and Park Road termini in Ngara which serve different routes in the city.
According to NMS officials, the long term plan is to introduce an intelligent transport system that will see over 107 roundabouts in Nairobi removed and reinstalled to fit the modern traffic circulation.
“Intelligent transport is system is a very good system which can reduce traffic jam to a greater extent in the city. We have already done some test runs and it is set to be fully implemented when all the terminals are opened.”
The Green Park Project faced some opposition during the test run period as commuters complained of disorganisation and late dissemination of public information
To address the issues the NMS released simulation videos showing how traffic will be managed electronically.