Abuja-Kaduna train service to resume operations July 29

The Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi has said that the Kaduna-Abuja train service will resume operations on Wednesday, July 29.

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Amaechi disclosed this during a test run on the Abuja-Kaduna rail line on Saturday.

Amaechi said there would be be hourly train rides for commuters upon resumption as 10 new coaches have been added to the route.

On the fare, he said passengers in economy class will now pay N3,000 for trips between Abuja and Kaduna, while those in executive class will pay N6,000.

He explained that the federal government’s approval of new fares is not aimed at making profits but to keep rail service active.

Recall that rail services were suspended three months ago in a bid to control the spread of coronavirus in the country.

The Managing Director, Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC), Fidet Okhiria, said the corporation was ready for the resumption on Wednesday.

“We are ready, it is just a matter of calling the essential staff in the station, we have been checking the coaches and warming the locomotives, so we are ready to go,” Mr Okhiria said.

The Minister, however, emphasized that social distancing is set as the new normal as the train service is set to resume with end to end sitting arrangement.

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