Abuja – Kaduna Rail Line to Commence Hourly Transit in April
AREWA AGENDA – The Nigerian Railway Cooperation (NRC) has announced that it will commence hourly shuttle on its Abuja – Kaduna rail line from April, 2020.
This was disclosed by the Managing Director/CEO of NRC, Mr. Fidet Okhiria.
Mr. Okhiria who spoke to newsmen about the development said the recently procured two locomotives and eight coaches are expected to arrive Kaduna by first week of April, 2020 and they will be commissioned immediately and put to use.
He also revealed that, with the new capacity, more express services will be introduced for individuals who want to travel fast without the disruptions of stopping at every station, however, with a price.
“Two locomotives have arrived. You know it’s not easy to move them by road. We hope that in the next three weeks, the two locomotives and eight coaches would have arrived Kaduna.
“Immediately, we will commission them and we will start operations with them. With that, we can have the hourly train,” Mr. Okhiria said. “There will be non-stop train to Kaduna. At the same time, the price will not be the same again because of the seats there.
We have the one that can only take 24 people, we have another two that can take 56 people and the normal one. So, we don’t expect people who will relax their chair to also pay the same price,” he explained. He, however, said there will be no general price review except the new extra comfort service.