BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,18TH JUNE,2021-Unclear commuter signages, confusion among passengers and congestion marked the final Green Park Terminus test run.
The test run conducted by the Nairobi Metropolitan Services at 5am was to assess how passengers and matatus will operate at the park.
The drop-off and pick up involved matatus plying Lang’ata Road, Ngong Road, Rongai, Kibra, Kawagware, Kikuyu, Highrise, Ngumo, Kiserian, Otiende, Madaraka and Nairobi West.
PSVs operating from Moi Avenue service lane, outside Development, AGHRO and Gill houses, Hataki Stage, Ambassadeur, Mfangano Street and Kencom and Nairobi Railways Station Bus Terminus also participated.
As early as 5am, the aforementioned termini in the CBD were sealed off by the police to keep off matatus.
Matatus plying Lang’ata route upon reaching Bunyala road were diverted to take Lower Hill road that leads to Green Park.
Those coming from Ngong Road joined Haile Selassie Avenue, which directly leads to the terminus..
Once at Green Park, passengers are dropped off at the dropping bay, proceed down the lane and make a U-turn and proceed to the picking up bay.
The matatus then leave the terminal at the exit that joins Processional Way back to their respective routes.
Boniface Ochieng, who is in charge of traffic under NMS, said adequate officers have been deployed to oversee traffic flow.
“All these teams are working hand in hand under the NMS for the test run today. We had also looked into all the roads leading to the terminus and put efforts to ensure the exercise is a success,” Ochieng said.
Ochieng’, however, said traffic snarl-up was experienced outside the terminus but it was being controlled.
Some commuters appeared confused at the terminal.
They were, however, pleased that waiting bays with shades had been provided for, where they can rest as they wait to board matatus.