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You will pay upto Ksh.350 more to use the Nairobi Expressway!

Kenyans who are looking forward to using the Nairobi Expressway in order to escape the inevitable traffic congestion around Nairobi Central Business District are set to pay upto Ksh.350 more after the government reviewed the toll charges in order to match the strengthening of the US Dollar.

Motorists accessing the expressway connecting Mlolongo to Nairobi-Nakuru highway through the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) were to pay between Ksh.100 - Ksh.1550 but the charges have since been reviewed to Ksh.120-Ksh.1800.

Kenyan shilling stands at Ksh.116.00 against a 1 US Dollar, meaning that the value of our currency is weakening. The reviewed charges are meant to cushion the Moja Expressway Company - the Chinese firm contracted by the government to operate the road from the weakening Kenyan Shilling. 

The Nairobi Expressway which was launched  in  October 2020, as part of the government's plan to minimise the traffic jam in Nairobi, is near completion and will see active operations in the next coming few weeks.

Its cost which has risen to Ksh.87.9 billion from the initial estimated budget cost of Ksh.65.7 billion, is privately funded and the Moja Expressway company which is a subsidiary of China Road and Bridge Construction (CRBC), will manage the road's daily operational services for 27 years before surrendering them to the state.

Kenyans should also note that the Moja Expressway is at liberty to review the base toll fees on yearly basis in relation to the country's inflation rate, a projection set to earn the firm a revenue of Ksh.302.5 billion each year.

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