Examining the adequateness of commercial services in Utawala Centre

Railway transport is the most preferred mode of transport in many cities across the world where a large number of commuters have to travel to and from homes and work places each day. Railway stations therefore have a critical role in giving the commuters access to the railway transport system. The railway station has evolved from just spots outside major inns where trains would pick passengers to more sophisticated space for both transport and commercial functions. Railway stations have evolved to engulf both node and place functions.
The study sought to understand the role played by the Syokimau railway station in enhancing urban mobility and use of public space. Guided by the study objectives, the following major findings were identified: the Syokimau railway station is dominantly used as a transport node where it serves an average 2500 commuters daily; the station is only active four times daily when the train is within the station and remains dormant till the train returns; the station uses modern ticketing systems which have been failing frequently leading to delays; the commuters accessing the railway station via public transport vehicles experience inconveniences as these are not synchronized to the train travel schedule; the station helps the commuters using it save an average of over Ksh 600,000 (gross) daily from saved travel cost and man hours; the station has not tapped into the potential demand presented by the large commuter numbers for other services complementary to transport; the station is expected to handle more commuter and parking capacities with the completion of the railway link to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA).
To help solve the identified challenges and enhance the role the station plays, the study made the following recommendations: the reintroduction of the scheduled bus services from the station to the surrounding residential estates so as to ensure convenient access to and from the station; the improvement of the ticketing system to reduce down times; the expansion of the station’s parking capacity to accommodate more vehicles; the introduction of commercial facilities within the station to increase the activity within the station and serve the commuters as well as the neighboring community.

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