Freight services resume on Lagos-Kano narrow gauge railway

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Freight services have resumed on the rehabilitated Lagos-Kano narrow gauge railway line, announced by the Minister of Transportation, Saidu Alkali, on June 6, 2024. A successful trial run saw numerous 40ft containers transported from Apapa Port in Lagos to Dala Inland Dry Port in Kano.

This 1,132-kilometer corridor is expected to significantly enhance the transportation of import and export goods, creating numerous business opportunities and improving overall transportation services in Nigeria.

The Minister emphasized that this initiative will help divert substantial freight traffic from roads to railways, reducing road traffic accidents and contributing to safer travel conditions for commuters. Additionally, the shift to rail transport is anticipated to lower the costs of goods, benefiting consumers and businesses by making products more affordable. The resumption of freight services on this route is projected to boost the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), reflecting broader economic growth and development.

To maintain the integrity of the railway line, the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) has implemented a regular inspection mechanism to prevent potential vandalism, ensuring reliable service. The rehabilitated railway line includes five locomotive driver stations located at Ibadan, Offa, Mokwa, Minna, and Kaduna Junction. This initiative aligns with the federal government’s commitment to enhancing the efficiency and reliability of transportation services across the country.

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