Nairobi Railway City

The project, in Kenya's capital, was announced in 2010 after nearly a decade of waiting, it was rolled out in the year 2019. It is intended at opening up and decongesting the city center. 

Nairobi Railway City
Photo/ Courtesy

It was projected that the project will involve the construction of a 425-acre mixed-use development on the area between Haile Sellasie Avenue, Uhuru highway and  Bunyala Road. The development will comprise among other features, transit stations, residential buildings as well as commercial buildings. 

This project is part of the Nairobi Integrated Urban Development Plan and will take up the 292-acres of land which is at the utility of the Nairobi Railway station. The proposed development site sits on the Nairobi Central Railway Station, the Landimawe Estate (Kenya Railway Pension Scheme Land) and the marshaling yard. It further extends to the locomotive and wagon workshop and a section of the Nairobi Industrial Area that is at the edge of the southern boundary of the Nairobi Railway Station.

From the project's plan, the Wakulima Market will be redesigned into a park while the Technical University of Kenya will be upgraded to a Techno research and development institute.

The section towards Bunyala Road will be set aside for conferencing facilities while the KPCU’s coffee mill will be improved to a coffee center based on a model in South Korea.

The land towards the pension scheme and industrial area will include a residential component to hold about 28,000 mid-affordable and social housing that will have schools and a mini-park.

The plan also involves the building of a new railway station that will integrate the Nairobi Bus Rapid Transit scheme among other public transport modes.

The implementation of Nairobi Railway City will be done in phases with a span of 20 years while the first phase is scheduled to take place between 2020 and 2030.

Edited by Emomeri Maryanne