Abuja-Kaduna rail receives 10 coaches, 2 locomotives




The Abuja-Kaduna train service has received a boost with the arrival of 10 new coaches and two locomotives to be deployed by the Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC) in January.
Confirming the arrival of the coaches and locomotives yesterday in Abuja, the Station Manager, Idu Train Station, Victor Adamu, told NAN that the new coaches and locomotives had been installed at Idu.
Adamu said that NRC would deploy them immediately after their inauguration, adding that preparations were already on for the ceremony in January.
According to him, the station expected the additional coaches and locomotives earlier, but could not receive them for logistic reasons.
“I am happy to let you know that the new coaches and locomotives have arrived here in Idu and have been installed awaiting inauguration.
“One locomotive and five coaches would be installed at Rigasa Station, while another one will be here in Idu so that our teaming can enjoy the convenience.
“As you know, the ability to cater for the number of here every day has not been met before, but with the new coaches and locomotives we are good to go.
“What this means is that in every two hours, are sure of moving to and from Kaduna from both Idu and Rigasa stations,’’ he said.
Adamu also disclosed that a total of 6,287 passengers travelled through the station from Kaduna between December 21 and December 26.
He said that 3,224 passengers travelled out of Abuja, while 3,063 passengers came to the city during the period, adding that the highest number of 1,422 passengers was recorded on December 23.
According to him, 1,351 passengers travelled on December 21, 1,325 passengers travelled on Dec. 22, 751 passengers on December 24, 607 passengers on December 25 and 833 passengers on December 26.
He assured that there would be excellent train services from 2018 with the arrival of the additional coaches. (NAN)

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