Collapsed Bridge Rebuilt, Tracks Repaired: Lagos To Kano Train Services Resume – NRC

by Bamidele Ogunberu Posted on August 11th, 2017

Full passenger services on the Lagos-Kano passenger services as well as the freight movement of various items from Lagos to Kano which was suspended following a washout of a railway track and bridge collapse in Niger State will be restored coming week says Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) Director of Operations, Mr. Niyi Ali. The Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) has reportedly completed the repair work on the collapsed bridge and rail track and movement of cargo items has since commenced. The NRC estimates it lost About N100m during the period.

Prior to the repair of the section of the rail tracks, trains could not move goods from Lagos, the nation’s commercial capital beyond Kwara State. The half year statistics of passengers and goods from Lagos saw a sharp drop especially in freight movement. While 100 wagons and 4,000 tons of freight were moved in January 2017, the figure dropped to 20 wagons and 800 tons in June with the drop attributed to the bridge collapse.

Lagos To Kano Rail Track

It was however learnt that the weekly express train service from Lagos to Kano would not resume until next week.

NRC’s Director of Operations, Mr. Niyi Ali confirmed said that the train running Lagos to Kano was in Kano when the incident happened, saying it would move to Lagos on Monday to start normal operations especially the hugely patronized express train services.

“The repair work has been completed. We have a full track now between Lagos and Kano,” he said.

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