Ahead of the reopening of the Jebba-Kano end of the Lagos-Kano rail line for operation

The Nigerian Railway Corporation has completed the rehabilitation of about 122 rolling stocks, including 22 coaches and 89 wagons.

This is coming ahead of the reopening of the Jebba-Kano end of the Lagos-Kano rail line for operation, following the repair of the washed Akere Bridge in Niger State.

The NRC, in a statement on Monday, promised efficient and effective passenger train services, saying the refurbished rolling stock would be inaugurated on Thursday.

The statement did not disclose the cost of the refurbishment but said the work was done through direct labour, which drastically reduced the cost of the project.

It said a breakdown of the rolling stock refurbished at various locations comprised 12 economy class coaches, one restaurant, one business class coach at its Zaria workshop, one canteen coach, two sleeper coaches, six parcel vans, two power cars, and one business class coach at its Lagos workshop.

Others are three economy class coaches and three business class coaches at the NRC carriage and wagon workshop in Ebute Meta, Lagos.

The corporation said it had also repaired 49 steel wagons, three guard vans at its Minna workshop; 30 hopper wagons at Apapa; and eight covered steel wagons at the Zaria workshop.

?The gradual nationwide roll-out of refurbished rolling stock is part of the corporation?s approach to address congestion on our mass transit trains; showcase the quality of work done by the engineering staff of the corporation; optimise accruement of market share of the passenger traffic offer to the corporation as well as give the commuting public value-added service,? it said.

NRC said in the statement that the initial roll-out of phase one of the planned rehabilitation of the entire rolling stock in the system would be utilised on the Minna-Kaduna mass transit.

It added that coaches of mass transit trains in Lagos, Ilorin and Kaduna would be withdrawn systematically for rehabilitation in another few weeks without any disruption to passenger train services.

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