Kenya Railways unveils New City Masterplan in Nairobi’s 200 acre train yard

Artist impressionof the Railway city, Wakulima Market park | PHOTO COURTESY

The Nairobi Railway City is an iconic multi-modal urban development to be situated within the 200-acre prime property that currently serves as the Nairobi Railway Station. 

The project, expected to cost Ksh. 28 Billion, is one of the priority undertakings embodied under the Nairobi Integrated Urban Development Plan (NIUPLAN) as a strategy for the expansion of Nairobi’s Central Business District.

The proposed linkages across the existing rail tracks will increase access to the current CBD and promote the continuation of the city fabric towards the south.

Wakulima Market land will be turned into a park, while the coffee mill at KPCU, rehabilitated into a ‘Kenyan Coffee Center’. The plan includes the building of a new railway station that allows for the integration of BRT and other public transport modes.

Artist Impression of the Nairobi Railway City | PHOTO COURTESY

“New central station is designed to be multi-modal hub in CBD ensure the seamless connection among Commuter rail, 3BRTs, Airport Limousine, City bus, and NMT like Bicycle. Truly urban gateway in Nairobi,” the master-plan states.

The Technical University of Kenya, would also be turned into a Techno Research and Development Institute, according to the plan. Bunyala Road will be dedicated to Meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE) facilities.

The project’s concept arose from growing concerns regarding the rapid growth of Nairobi City thus the need to start thinking beyond city boundaries.

The proposed linkages across the existing rail tracks will increase access to the current CBD and promote the continuation of the city fabric towards the south.

This network could be expanded to the industrial area on the southern side which, along with land use upgrading of the industrial area, is essential to allow for the CBD peripheral development for commercial / institutional activities.

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The Nairobi Railway City will bring into play a fresh alternative with regard to office/commercial/residential space thus reducing pressure on general prices of such premises within the Central Business District.

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