Isuzu says has ca­pac­ity to make 30 mass tran­sit buses monthly

Business Daily (Kenya) - - CORPORATE NEWS - Bon­face Otieno bo­[email protected]­tion­ Isuzu East Africa ve­hi­cle assem­bly plant staff at work on Mom­basa Road, Nairobi yes­ter­day.

Isuzu East Africa will as­sem­ble up to 30 high-ca­pac­ity ve­hi­cles a month for the planned bus rapid tran­sit sys­tem (BRT) in Nairobi, the lat­est in­di­ca­tion that the move to have sep­a­rate lanes is still on course.

The firm’s di­rec­tor for man­u­fac­tur­ing Em­manuel Ogot said the high-speed buses, whose pro­to­type the firm un­veiled in Oc­to­ber would be as­sem­bled us­ing the new body con­struc­tion stan­dards.

The stan­dards, re­ferred to as KS372:2014, came into ef­fect in May 2017.

They are in­tended to en­sure uni­for­mity of all pas­sen­ger ve­hi­cles and im­prove safety on the roads.

“From our side, we are com­ing up with a so­lu­tion to ad­dress mass trans­porta­tion of pas­sen­gers in the city and from a pro­duc­tion ca­pac­ity, we can do up to 30 high-ca­pac­ity ve­hi­cles per month,” he said.

The gov­ern­ment has been send­ing mixed sig­nals on the BRT project, at times ap­pear­ing to be keen on its quick im­ple­men­ta­tion but at other times be­ing hes­i­tant to make in­vest­ments needed for its re­al­i­sa­tion.

“We are still mod­i­fy­ing some as­pects in the prod­uct and this will dic­tate how much a sin­gle unit will sell. It could be some­where in the tune of Sh12 mil­lion,” said Mr Ogot.

The gov­ern­ment is set to launch six BRT cor­ri­dors in Nairobi in a move aimed at re­duc­ing traf­fic con­ges­tion within the cap­i­tal city.

Pri­or­ity cor­ri­dors are Jomo Keny­atta In­ter­na­tional Air­portLikoni-james Gichuru-rironi bus rapid tran­sit sys­tem is ex­pected to cost in plans to ease traf­fic con­ges­tion in Nairobi

and Bo­mas-ruiru roads.

Oth­ers roads also iden­ti­fied for the cor­ri­dors in­clude Ngong road-juja, Mama Lucy-t-mall and Balozi to Imara roads.

At their op­ti­mum ca­pac­ity, the cor­ri­dors will hold up to 950 BRT buses, re­duc­ing time and cost of travel by up to 70 per cent.

By last month, the Sh9.6 bil­lion Nairobi Bus Rapid Tran­sit plan had re­ceived a ma­jor boost after the Euro­pean Union com­mit­ted a Sh5 bil­lion grant to­wards its im­ple­men­ta­tion.

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