Sh200 million bus park is to be built in Mombasa Town.

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A Sh200 million bus park is to be built in Mombasa Town.

For years, the coastal town has been without a bus park for years, forcing buses from Nairobi and other parts of the country to be parked on road reserves.

Buses parked on the road reserves contribute to congestion in the town.

About 4,000 matatus operate within the town and its environs from a makeshift terminus at Buxton, which used to be a public garden.

The terminus is only for matatus from Kilifi and Malindi while those from Voi, Mariakani and Kaloleni are parked at a petrol station at Mwembe Tayari.

Several years ago, the town had a bus terminus at Mwembe Tayari, which, at various times, was used by the Kenya Bus Service and the defunct Nyayo Bus Service.

The bus park was later turned into a business centre occupied by hundreds of hawkers.

The Mombasa Municipal Council contemplated building a bus park at Kibarani but the project did not take off due to lack of funds.

Public transporters have for long been lobbying for the establishment of a bus park.

On Thursday, Governor Ali Hassan Joho said the county had earmarked Sh200 million for the construction of a bus park.

He noted that lack of a bus terminus contributed to traffic congestion in the town.

Resting places

“In order to address the problems of congestion on our roads, we have set aside Sh200 million for building of a modern bus park. The facility will include parking space, resting places for passengers and toilets,” he said.

“At the moment, we have serious problems of parking. Buses from Nairobi, Kisumu, Nakuru and other parts of the country are just parked on road reserves,” he said.

The governor said the county would rehabilitate the Buxton and Likoni matatu parking areas to create more room.




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