Milestone: Nairobi Expressway records 10 million users

At least 10 million cars have used the Nairobi Expressway in the six months since it was opened. The findings give the Chinese financiers further reason to believe they can fully recover construction costs by tolling users.

Nairobi Expressway traffic exceeds 10M users

Moja Expressway CEO, Steve Zhao, said at the celebration of the 10-millionth user of the toll road on Tuesday at the Westlands station that, on average, 50,000 cars use the road daily. This number represents a five-fold increase since the highway was made available for public test runs on May 14 of last year. However, it needs to be clarified if the given number counts distinct cars or represents a calculation of all passes.

Additionally, more than 120,000 Electronic Collection Cards (ETCs)  have been distributed locally on the Nairobi Expressway. Moja Expressway Corporation reports that the percentage of ETC users has climbed from 26.8% to 70% since the program’s inception.

The double-decker highway was constructed by China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) with funding from private sources. CRBC will recoup its expenses through tolls collected by its subsidiary, Moja Expressway, which will maintain the road for 27 years.

Nairobi Expressway comes with benefits

The Nairobi Expressway is a project that has gained the support of motorists and commuters due to a significant reduction in urban traffic congestion. 

According to Ndungu, the Moja Expressway spokesperson,  Nairobi Expressway’s effective functioning is an example of the successful China and Kenya’s collaboration in building roads and other infrastructure. The partnership will contribute to Kenya’s social and economic growth and help attain Kenya’s 2030 socio-economic goals.

According to reports, the Nairobi Expressway project employed around 6,000 local workers during construction, providing work for 200 local subcontractors and hundreds of local suppliers of building supplies. Additionally, during current highway operations, the project employs over 500 local workers, making up around 95% of all personnel. Source: https://www.businessdailyafrica.com/bd/corporate/shipping-logistics/10-million-vehicles-use-nairobi-expressway-4115064

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