Nairobi Expressway Toll Charges Shoots Up In New Year Changes Causing Uproar

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The government has released new toll charges for the Nairobi Expressway, sparking uproar among users in times of tough economic times.

The new toll charges are contained in a notice Gazette Notice dated December 19, 2023, and signed by Transport Cabinet Secretary Kipchumba Murkomen.

Here is a breakdown of the toll charges for different sections of the Nairobi Expressway:

Mlolongo to Westlands: Ksh500

Syokimau to Westlands: Ksh500

SGR to Westlands: Ksh410

JKIA to Westlands: Ksh410

Eastern Bypass to Westlands: Ksh410

Southern Bypass to Westlands: Ksh330

Capital Center to Westlands: Ksh250

Haile Selassie to Westlands: Ksh250

The new charges apply to various sections of the expressway, aiming to streamline the toll collection process and support infrastructure development and maintenance.

The government said the new toll charges and meant to help finance the ongoing maintenance and operational costs of the infrastructure.

“It is not fair at all because things are tough they can’t just increase the toll charges at such a time,” said Michael Omollo who said he uses the Expressway daily.

Cars cruising on the Nairobi Expressway on the first day of trial operation in Nairobi, Kenya, May 14, 2022. / Zhao Qian

For fellow motorist Kevin Karanja, “it is double jeopardy because full prices are up and we now have to pay more for toll charges. Welcome to 2024.”

Launched by then President Uhuru Kenyatta in mid-October 2019, the Nairobi Expressway stands as a monumental achievement in Kenya’s infrastructure development. Spanning a total of 27 kilometers, this state-of-the-art expressway features a four-lane dual carriageway situated along the median strips of some of Nairobi’s busiest roadways, including Mombasa Road (starting at Mlolongo), Uhuru Highway, and Waiyaki Way (culminating at James Gichuru Road).

The ambitious project cost of Sh97 billion.

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