….ticket to cost N900 for business class, N600 for standard
Chris Steven, Abuja
The much awaited Abuja – Kaduna standard gauge train service has commenced operations by carrying passengers from Abuja to Kaduna once daily for free.
The Post, learnt that the Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC) last week started a two-week daily free train service to test run the facility ahead of the commercial and its official commissioning by President Muhammadu Buhari in second week of July.
The Acting Managing Director/CEO of the corporation, Engr. Fidel Okhiria, The Post gathered led staff and passengers aboard the train from the Idu, Abuja base station to Rigasa, Kaduna State last week.
A staff of the Chinese Civil Engineering and Construction Company (CCECC) handling the project told our correspondent that the train leaves Abuja by 8 am and stops at every of the nine stations between Abuja and Kaduna.
The CCECC official who did not want to be mentioned in the press also disclosed that the tickets price would be fixed by NRC adding that it would be the half of what passengers pay for commercial vehicles to travel from Abuja to Kaduna.
The NRC MD Mr. Okhiria was reported to have disclosed that ticket would cost N900 for business class and N600 for standard class to Kaduna, adding that when fully operational, the train would run at 150km per hour.
“Nigerians are now making use of the train services for free and this will continue for two weeks. We started on June 21 with passengers. It will run everyday. The Abuja motor park union has agreed to have a motor park at the Idu station to convey commuters to and from the Idu train station to the city centre to make it very convenient for travellers,” he said.