Local Politics

Kenya: New Roads to Ease Truckers’ Movement In and Out of Mombasa Port

Movement around the Mombasa port is set to improve following the commissioning of two key roads linking the harbour to the Northern Corridor transport route.

The Nyerere-Mbaraki and Kipevu roads are major arteries to and from the port.

The Nyerere-Mbaraki road was funded by the UK government, the Danish International Development Agency (Danida) and Mombasa County.

Kipevu Road was funded by the Kenya Ports Authority and the UK government through TradeMark East Africa (TMEA).

On Tuesday, UK High Commissioner Jane Marriott joined Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho, East Africa Community Principal Secretary Kevit Desai and KPA acting Managing Director John Mwangemi to launch the road, which they said will boost businesses around the port.

The Sh2.04 billion road will reduce the time a driver takes through Gate 18/20 from six days to 30 minutes.

Once completed, the Nyerere-Mbaraki road, which cost Sh403 million, will reduce truck turnaround time to the port from eight hours to less than four.

The two roads are expected to improve connectivity, thereby enhancing efficiency and seamless movement of cargo from the port through the Northern Corridor.

Mr Mwangemi said the expanded Kipevu Road is a big boost to the port as it has been widened to provide seamless connection and ease the flow of traffic into and out of the port.

“KPA is committed to working … with all stakeholders, industry players and partners in the port’s modernisation and capacity expansion projects,” he said.

He said the project aimed to ease pressure from trucks queuing in the yards and reduce the average time for freight movement through the port, thereby promoting business.

Ms Marriott assured Kenya of the UK government’s commitment to boosting trade through the port and across the country.

She said the UK has supported key physical infrastructure and service delivery in and around the port since 2011.

“The Mbaraki road is transformational. It will transform lives and rejuvenate the economy and create jobs,” Ms Marriot said.

The projects will not only increase trade opportunities in Kenya and overseas but will help Kenyan firms exploit the UK-Kenya Economic Partnership Agreement.

“We are discussing how we will improve ways of doing business in Mombasa and creating efficiency,” Governor Joho said.