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The Kenya Railways Corporation (KRC) has increased the number of coaches plying the Standard Gauge Railway route to and from Mombasa.

In a statement dated Sunday, November 6, KRC said the change was necessitated by a sudden spike in passenger demands to and from the Coast region.

“Over the past few days, we have experienced an unprecedented surge in demand for the Madaraka Express Passenger Service.

“We have therefore increased the number of coaches on the trains plying this route, effective this afternoon, to and from Nairobi. We will maintain the same capacity for the next 3 days with a view to meet this demand,” the statement added.

The surge in passenger demands for the Madaraka Express has been attributed to the strike by Kenya Airways pilots.

Services at major airports including Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) ground to a halt leaving thousands of passengers stranded.

Other affected airports included Moi International in Mombasa, Kisumu International Airport and Eldoret Airport in Uasin Gishu.