The Kenya Ferry Service (KFS) is in the process of setting up an express cable car service at the Likoni crossing that will connect Mombasa Island and the mainland. The Likoni Cable Car project will ease traffic jams by providing a complimentary pedestrian crossing for Likoni Channel and help address problems of delays.
The project estimated to cost KES3.6 billion (USD41 million), will be sponsored by Trapos Limited who has contracted Doppelmayr, a Swiss/Austrian specialist company and CFC Stanbic Bank will arrange funds for the project.
Trapos Limited is expected to conclude a 30 year concession agreement between Likoni Cable Express and contracting authority, Kenya Ferry Services.
It is expected that Trapos Limited would by September 2015 begin the construction of towers, stations and connecting network cables along the route. The project, which will be the pilot and key contributor to the larger Mombasa Integrated Mass Transit Plan, is expected to be fully completed and commissioned by December 2016.
When the project is complete, travel time between the Island and the mainland will take about 10 minutes or less. This will be a massive improvement for the people who are commuting between the two points.
The Cable Car system will transform mass transport in Mombasa, contribute to the region’s economic development including creation of jobs during construction and operations phase, facilitate increased development in and around the Likoni District, and tax contribution to the exchequer (National treasury).
KFS currently ferries over 300,000 pedestrians and more than 6,000 vehicles daily across the channel.