Suspended Lagos- Ogun train service commences operation Thursday- NRC
The Nigerian Railway Corporation(NRC), on Wednesday said its suspended Lagos-Ogun mass transit train service would resume operations on Thursday.
The corporation’s District Manager for Lagos, Mr Jerry Oche, disclosed this in an interview.
Oche stated that the operation, suspended in September 2019, would resume with one return trip daily from Kajola in Ogun State to Iddo in Lagos State.
He said: “We hope to resume the Lagos mass transit tomorrow, Thursday. We will start with just one return trip tomorrow. A return trip for us is to and fro.
“Part of the reasons we are operating one trip is to conduct trials on the tracks that have just been done and also because of the construction of standard gauge rail line ongoing.
“The implication is that if we put more trains on the tracks, there might be issues of crossing. All we want to do now is one return trip each day for some time before we fully bounce back.”
The District Manager added that freight services would not return on Thursday because there was more work to be done on the tracks, but the operation would commence soon.
The corporation suspended daily train services, including mass transit train services on the narrow gauge from Ijoko in Ogun State to Ebute-Meta and Apapa in Lagos State in September 2019.
The suspension was to fasttrack the completion of the new Lagos-Ibadan standard gauge line which required shifting the existing narrow gauge and relaying it to accommodate the standard gauge rail line.