Why traffic costs Kenya Sh2bn a year

Traffic jam in Nairobi city road which costs the country Sh2 billion every year. PHOTO | CHRIS OJOW | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • According to the government, the time wasted in traffic jams represents a cost of $578,000 (Sh58.4 million) a day in lost productivity.
  • “An average Nairobi resident has to wake up earlier than 4am, not to study but to beat the heavy traffic that characterises the city roads from 5am”.
  • More than 12 million people are expected to live in urban areas next year, with about a third of these living in Nairobi.

On the face of it, traffic is one of the less interesting things you could choose to write a column about. It is not far off talking about the weather and what you did on your holidays.

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