Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi has come out to say that the Abuja -Kaduna rail service would resume on July 29 despite the on-going Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
He revealed this while he test ran the new coaches recently deployed on the route on Saturday.
According to the MD, Nigeria Railway Corporation(NRC), Fidet Okhiria, everything is ready and it is only a matter of reaching out to the essential staff in the station to get the job started.
He added that the fare will be different from the former once the work is completed even if it would depend on the pleasure that road users want.
His words, ”We will resume the Abuja-Kaduna train service on Wednesday, July 29″.
The Managing Director, Nigeria Railway Corporation(NRC), Fidet Okhiria added, “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.”
“So the DMU are still on their way from Lagos to Abuja and we have to adjust, don’t forget the ticket for the DMU is not the same as the ordinary coaches so we have to adjust and have those tickets.
“The E-ticket have been approved but it will take time of up to three months for it to come to the door steps.
“While we are doing that, the best move is to be giving out the hard copy of the ticket before the e-ticket starts.
“The fare is not going to be so different from the former, though it will depend on the pleasure that you want.
“For trips that will take off from Kaduna straight to Abuja non-stop, it will be higher than those that will stop at the five stations.
“There are different coaches now coming in, some will take 24 passengers , some 56, others 68 and 88 depending on the pleasure that you want.”