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Kenya Railways Corporation, KRC, has been mandated to develop its large holding of real estate country-wide into Railway cities. This will provide facilities lacking in some of the existing cities and make others viable business destinations. Initially it proposes to develop Railway cities in Nairobi, Kisumu, Mombasa and Voi.
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An artists impression of Nairobi Railway city
KENYA RAILWAYS Corporation, KRC, has been mandated to develop its large holding of real estate country-wide into Railway cities. This will help speed up the growth of some Railway towns into cities. Initially it proposes to develop Railway cities in Nairobi, Kisumu, Mombasa and Voi. The corporation proposes a string of investment plans to attract the private sector into the proposed Railway cities.

A transactions advisor is already on the ground studying the various investment options. Among the proposed options are; PPPs through Build operate Transfer (BOT) land leases, franchises and Joint-Ventures. The advisor is expected to complete his study in six months time and recommend the investment options-mix suitable for each town.

A Railway city can be defined as an urban development that grows around a railway station and linked to it. The station is the nerve centre of the city due to ease of transportation of people and goods.

The developments in the proposed cities will include; ultra modern Railways stations, direct Rail links with the international airport in the host city, commercial buildings, an industrial park, shopping arcades, malls and restaurants among other facilities. The project is designed to complement the facilities in the cities but in some instances the Railway cities will provide the only cities worth writing home about.

The plan is part of a wider plan by the corporation to develop its real estate holdings in the country into Railway cities. More than 400 acres spread across the country are ear marked for the initial project, that begins at the Indian ocean coast and ends at the shores of Lake Victoria..

Mombasa Railway City as conceived by Artists

Nairobi holds the Lion’s share, some 200 acres ready for development. In Nairobi the corporation proposes to develop a mega city that will become the hub for Commuter, inter city and regional passenger rail traffic.

This is no accident as Nairobi; the Kenyan Capital is centrally located for rail transport to any part of the country and also across the borders to Uganda and the great Lakes region. .
The fourth largest city in Africa, Nairobi is hosts a string of international companies and organizations such as the headquarters of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and UN-Habitat. It is also the main coordinating headquarters for the United Nations in Africa and the Middle East.


An artist's impression of Kisumu City
Nairobi is also the financial, Manufacturing, aviation, diplomatic, educational and health services hub of the East and Central African region. Consequently demand for hotel space and transport infrastructure is high. The railway city will be built within the CBD, which makes it a viable business proposition.

The megacity will be connected to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, JKIA, by a direct railway line. Other facilities are: a variety of Commercial buildings; a Business park for light manufacturing/assembly; two Hotels with conference facilities for 3000 people; Shopping arcades, malls and restaurants and an entertainment Park; Ultra Modern railway Station and Parking silos. The city, says the corporation, is a viable commercial venture for there is a huge demand for a development that integrates transport, exhibitions, hotels, leisure, conference and commercial facilities “under one roof,” so to speak.


Mombasa is the country’s only sea port so far and Kenya’s second largest city. KRC proposes to develop its 100 acres piece of in the centre of the city into a railway city. The development will include a variety of Commercial buildings; business park for Light manufacturing/assembly; three Hotels with conference facilities for 3000 people; Shopping arcade, mall and restaurants; An entertainment Park; Ultra Modern railway Station; Parking silos and an international trade centre. The railway city will also integrate with the central commuter railway station linking the international airport in Mombasa and various other coastal regions. Mombasa is a major coastal tourist destination in Africa and the megacity is welcome addition to tourism in the coast.


Kisumu is the third largest City in Kenya and the second most important after Kampala in the greater Lake Victoria basin. It is within easy reach of Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Northern Tanzania and Southern Sudan, making it a natural hub for trade and transport in the East African region.

Kenya Railways has 75 acres of prime land stretching from the Centre of Kisumu City to the shores of Lake Victoria. This is where the Railway city will be built.

The railway city will open up Kisumu city to the world. Apart from the usual Railway services, the city will enhance Kisumu’s status as the transport and commercial hub of the great lakes region. The development will include; a variety of Commercial buildings; Business park for Light manufacturing/assembly; two Hotels with conference facilities for 2000 people, a shopping arcade, malls and restaurants; a BPO park; an entertainment Park; Ultra Modern railway Station Parking silos. The city will make Lake Victoria a base for cruise tourism and international water sports. It will provide a direct railway Link to Kisumu Airport which is ten minutes away.

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I thought this has been in the pipeline for 2+ years now;whats new?
 

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An artists impression of Nairobi Railway city


Mombasa Railway City as conceived by Artists


An artist's impression of Kisumu City
 

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Great project but I still doubt if it is going to kick off any time soon. You know I've grown so skeptical towards Kenya Raiways projects, these guys started promising us world class railways even before Kenyans saw any need of having speed trains but all they delivered was a deteriorating railway.
 

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From today's business daily article.

Mr Maina said a consultant was on the ground working on a fresh plan for the project that will be set on 200 acres of land owned located between Haile Selassie Avenue, Uhuru Highway and Bunyala Road.

The project that is designed as a public private partnership (PPP) includes a hotel, offices, retail space and a railway station among others.

Kenya Railways 200 Acres of land in the CBD is going to be resurfaced once again. Honestly seeing how that land is so valuable it should host a new massive transit hub for the city and the entire country. The new master plan should include a new modern railway terminus for the light rail, commuter rail, etc. It should also have a new modern bus terminal which all the matatu fleets/city buses/taxi's in the city would use. Including a separated section which would host all of the long distance buses traversing the country.

The commercial buildings should be some of the tallest in the city competing with Upper Hill for Africa's tallest, with some of the best hotels, and a massive shopping mall....
 

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Don't they still own a lot of land in Upperhill? I was surprised they built Kenrail in Westlands.
For this project to be successful affordable residential towers like Avic and a transport hub should be the primary focus and the rest will fall in place.
 

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Don't they still own a lot of land in Upperhill? I was surprised they built Kenrail in Westlands.
For this project to be successful affordable residential towers like Avic and a transport hub should be the primary focus and the rest will fall in place.
They sold some of it to greenfield properties...
 

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Mega Sh217bn railway cities a step closer to reality

Kenya is getting closer to constructing commercial hubs around railway stations in Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu at an estimated cost of Sh217 billion.

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The government had commissioned studies to determine the most effective investment option for the mega projects that will involve office complexes, hotels, shopping malls, industrial parks and arcades on land surrounding railway stations.

Construction will be done through a mix of joint ventures, franchises and build operate transfer (BOT), according to an inter-governmental team comprising ministries of Transport alongside Land and Housing.

The BOT arrangement is where companies invest cash in a project, operate for some time to recoup expenditure and make a profit, before handing it over to the government.

At Sh217 billion, the railway cities are on course to becoming the second-largest single project in Kenya’s history, after the Sh327 billion standard gauge railway planned for completion mid-next year.

“The project will be developed through build operate transfer, franchises and joint ventures under land lease,” says the intergovernmental team.

“The estimated cost of the project is $2.15 billion (Sh217 billion).”

The government expects to earn about Sh1 billion in annual land lease fees.

The project will involve railway stations upgrade and construction of direct rail links with major airports in the three local cities. It will sit on about 400 acres of land in the three cities, including Voi town.

The plan is to link the railway cities from the Coast to the capital city and to the lakeside region, is crucial in seamless movement of goods and people.

According to earlier designs by Kenya Railways — in charge of project implementation — Nairobi’s railway station in the city centre will host a shopping mall, restaurants, a manufacturing park and two hotels with a capacity of 3,000 people.

Officials seek to fashion Kenya’s capital as the regional hub for commuter and intercity transport and will be connected to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) by a direct railroad.

The connection with the JKIA is particularly crucial in curbing congestion on roads connecting to the main airport.

The airport is also expected to host its first industrial park for light industries producing beauty and healthcare products, electrical and electronics, pharmaceuticals.

According to designs, the coastal city of Mombasa will host an international trade centre, office blocks, a shopping mall and two hotels.
I guess this project is still on the table. Pessimistic about this but the more I think about it the more I see the possibility of it becoming a reality. Uhuru seem to shit the focus on rail and KR is on the verge of being transformed from literally a dead entity to a vibrant parastatal. A few years back who would have thought KR would build a single track of rail. Now it boasts to implement the largest project,SGR. Jubilee has to push for the development of the city to claim the success and transformation SGR has brought. This will be part of the planned industries along the rail.
 

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This project especially Nairobi should try and emulate a mini Hudson River yards transformation. KR needs to bring in a proper international firm who will design a great master plan which the government must adhere to while the private sector looks to invest in this project.

I do hope they're considering a subway system because Nairobi is going to need one....
 

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Final designs have unveiled.

https://www.scribd.com/document/429968530/Railway-City-Master-Plan#from_embed

The government on Saturday released the much-awaited Nairobi Railway City masterplan aimed at expanding the Central Business District.

The implementation of the project is estimated to take a total of 20 years at a cost of Sh27.91 billion with the first phase (development) taking place between 2020 and 2030.

Railway infrastructure and water supply will take the bulk of the costs at Sh17.5 billion and Sh3.9 billion respectively.

The iconic multi-modal urban development project will be situated within 425-acres, of which 292 acres is owned by the Kenya Railways and currently serving as the Nairobi Railway Station.

"Railway City Masterplan is ready. This will most certainly change the face of Nairobi. I will appreciate your comments before we embark on its implementation. This will define the new CBD," Housing and Urban Development Principal Secretary Charles Hinga posted on his Twitter account.

The project which is part of the Nairobi Integrated Urban Development Plan is also aimed at expanding the capital's Central Business District as currently set up.

The project covers the area between Haile Sellasie Avenue, Uhuru Highway and Bunyala road.

According to Kenya Railways, the proposed primary planning area is situated within the site containing the Nairobi Central Railway Station, the marshalling yard and the Kenya Railways Pension Scheme Land (Landimawe Estate).

It also stretches to the locomotive and wagons workshops and the section of Nairobi’s Industrial Area that borders the southern boundary of the Nairobi Railway Station.

The development would see Wakulima Market turned into a park while Africa's largest coffee mill at KPCU would be rehabilitated into a 'Kenyan Coffee Center' similar to Terrarosa Yangpyeong in South Korea.

The plan includes the building of a new railway station that allows for the integration of BRT and other public transport modes.

"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 which falls in the zone would also be turned into a Techno Research and Development Institute, according to the plan.

The area towards Bunyala Road will be dedicated to Meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE) facilities.

Towards Landimawe and Industrial Area, the plan is to establish a residential area of around 28,000 people with "Mid, Affordable and Social housing" with a school and a small park.

The new 'city' will also have its own police station, fire station and a disaster response center.

There will also be an underground tank to collect rainwater for supply within the proposed development.

https://www.the-star.co.ke/news/201...ion-railway-city-plan-to-expand-nairobis-cbd/
 
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^^^^Now that the revised master plan is out, I await new on how it will be financed. Definitely loans and debt can't be on the agenda. Realities of our Treasury rules that out.
 

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^^^^Now that the revised master plan is out, I await new on how it will be financed. Definitely loans and debt can't be on the agenda. Realities of our Treasury rules that out.
This should be pushed by the private sector. Government leases land and the people will come and start building.

For starters government only need to do is build roads, and build the public transportation hub which I think should be a 50 floor 300m skyscraper. That will be the symbol of the entire development. Then put up on the international market the project and get investors flocking. Where we get a mixed used development of multi-story housing full catered for with street shopping like other pedestrian friendly avenues across the world.

But one thing that is missing is the fly over that is going to cut the place in half as it links with Enterprise Rd. Has then been shelved???

A similar project that was undertaken in my city in just a few years. Which has totally transformed Boston...

 

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Looks like they didnt integrate the CBD-industrial area(enterprise road ) overpass project in the new plans.

Im salivating at that central station. I honestly love the subterranean rail and parking leaving an airy mall/office complex above. Alignment of the buildings open space to Moi avenue almost made me think the architect applied feng shui principles in the station design. Its almost too good to be true. Though we will get alot of resistance demolishing the old station as it is gazetted as a historical building.
 

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The city i reside in has done similar projects through PPP. This project and the Eastlands project should try and employ similar plans. In so doing the time lines being discussed can be significantly reduced to less than five years. As an example say, the national government and county government designate these areas as special improvement districts, whereby any investor that comes in to invest in the buildings is not charged taxes on materials and labor costs. Or alternatively as a special district, the regulatory approval process is accelerated for investors. Further the government as stated above should concentrate on the infrastructure to support the investment within the shortest time possible to allow for quick uptake. There are enough builders both within and outside the country that can be approached to provide RFP that can then be incorporated into these plans. All in all I am happy with what has been done under the stewardship of Charles Hinga the ps. I hope that the follow through will be a speedy one
 

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Looks like they didnt integrate the CBD-industrial area(enterprise road ) overpass project in the new plans.

Im salivating at that central station. I honestly love the subterranean rail and parking leaving an airy mall/office complex above. Alignment of the buildings open space to Moi avenue almost made me think the architect applied feng shui principles in the station design. Its almost too good to be true. Though we will get alot of resistance demolishing the old station as it is gazetted as a historical building.
The enterprise road overpass has been reconfigured such that the railway lines will be sunk and the road will be at ground level. You will be boarding the trains at the basement level. An overpass will destroy the aesthetics of the station.

The lunatic express from the very start in 1904 was a real estate venture. It was built and was intended to sell real estate development rights along its path to make it viable. This explains why almost all major towns followed the railway line. Kenya railways is going back to its roots.
 

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The enterprise road overpass has been reconfigured such that the railway lines will be sunk and the road will be at ground level. You will be boarding the trains at the basement level. An overpass will destroy the aesthetics of the station.

The lunatic express from the very start in 1904 was a real estate venture. It was built and was intended to sell real estate development rights along its path to make it viable. This explains why almost all major towns followed the railway line. Kenya railways is going back to its roots.
This is exactly how the Tokyo railway system runs. The railway doesn't actually make a profit but the land around the railway is considered prime real estate and people are charged a premium to use it. That's where most of the revenue is generated. If Kenya Railways got its act together and built a reliable railway service it could make a killing from real estate.
 
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