Train services in Nairobi suspended over hitch

Monday February 15 2016

Commuters wait to board a train at Kenya

Commuters wait to board a train at Kenya Railway Station Nairobi on March 05, 2014. Commuter train services have been stopped in Nairobi over technical hitch. FILE PHOTO | WILLIAM OERI | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

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Hundreds of commuters were on Monday stranded after Kenya Railways suspended train services in Nairobi due to a technical hitch.

Kenya Railways posted on its Twitter page that the commuter train services had been suspended and named the affected routes as Syokimau, Githurai, Umoja, Kikuyu, Kibera, Makadara, Imara Daima, Embakasi and Ruiru.

“Due to a technical hitch, we regret to inform you that we will not be running the commuter trains this morning; we regret the inconvenience caused to our customers. We are working to resolve the hitch,” the company announced.

Officials said the hitch had also affected cargo train services in several other parts of the country.

The suspension of commuter services comes just four days after an unmanned train engine sped across the city’s network, causing panic among residents.

Railway Police Unit Commandant Kirimi Ringera said the engine’s braking system failed at the Makadara station, forcing the driver to jump off as it gained momentum.

The engine raced past level stations at Mutindwa and Dandora, and only stopped at a slope near Mwiki when it could not go farther.