Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) in conjunction with Kenya Urban Roads Authority (Kura) and Nairobi Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (NaMATA) is set to construct a traffic control centre at City Cabanas.
According to NMS boss Director Major General Mohammed Badi, the traffic control centre is part of the Nairobi Integrated Urban Development Master Plan which will help in enhancing traffic management in the city.
During his State of the Nation Address at parliament on Thursday, November 11, President Uhuru Kenyatta said that the new control centre will harmonize data provide synchronized signal at 100 new traffic signal junctions in addition to the existing traffic lights.
“The control centre will utilize traffic cameras, censors, harmonize location data to provide synchronized signal at 100 new junctions in addition to the existing traffic lights,” President Uhuru stated.
The President said the national government is focused on implementing an integrated transport network in Nairobi to curb he losses as a result of traffic congestion.
The head of state noted that the government is losing between Ksh80 million to Ksh400 million in Nairobi traffic.
Traffic snarl-ups in Nairobi have been blamed on lack of proper traffic lights to guide motorists as well as the flouting of traffic rules by motorists.
In a move to decongest the city, Badi has announced a raft changes that will see matatus denied access to the Central Business District (CBD) beginning next month.
Matatus using Ngong and Lang’ata roads (Kawangware, Kikuyu, Kibera, Lang’ata, Rongai, Kiserian) will stop at Green Park, popularly known as Railways Club.
PSVs from Jogoo and Lusaka roads will terminate at the Muthurwa Matatu terminus while Matatus plying the Waiyaki Way, Uhuru Highway, Kipande and Limuru roads routes will use the Fig Tree terminus in Ngara.
PSVs from Mt Kenya and Thika Superhighway will stop at the new Desai and Park Road termini.
Matatus using the Mombasa Road route (South B, South C, Industrial Area, Imara Daima, Athi River, Kitengela, Machakos) will use a yet to be constructed terminus at the junction of Bunyala and Workshop Road.