Lagos-Ibadan Standard Rail to Commence Operation in September

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SWITZERLAND, AUGUST 16 – The Lagos-Ibadan Standard Gauge Rail line will start operating from the middle of September with 16 trips daily while work continues on the extension to Apapa Port.

The Managing Director of the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC), Mr Fidet Okhiria, disclosed this on Saturday in Ibadan during an inspection tour of the project by the Ministers of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi and Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.

The inspection, which commenced at Ebute-Metta Junction (EBJ) Rail Station, saw the ministers and members of the NRC management team,  ride on the narrow gauge corridor to Apapa port to monitor the standard gauge track laying and the rail station. Elated Nigerians cheered the two ministers as they took a ride on the new train.

Okhiria said that since the track laying had been completed between Ebute-Metta Junction (EBJ) in Lagos and Ibadan with stations under construction, operation would start between Yaba in Lagos and Ibadan.

“We will start by the middle of September from Yaba to Ibadan while the other construction finishing will continue.

“We already have 24 coaches and a set of DMUs (Diesel Multiple Units) made of eight coaches.

“With that, we intend to have 16 trips a day,” he said.

According to him, the corporation will not wait for all the stations to be ready before commencing operations, so that Nigerians can start enjoying the dividends of the tracks and coaches that have arrived.

Today’s Echo gathers that the rail tracks on the 156km modern rail line have been completed from EBJ to Ibadan while the 10 major and minor stations are at various stages of completion.

According China-bassed CCECC, the company building Nigeria’s rail infrastructure, the main building of Lagos Station will become the largest railway station in West Africa with a holding capacity of 6000 passengers on completion.

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