By; MATTHEW UKACHUNWA, Lagos
The Lagos-Ibadan standard gauge railway train operation which kicked off commercial operations on 7th December 2020 is running on newly acquired locomotives and coaches.
The journey time from Lagos to Ibadan is two and half hours.
Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC) said in a news release that the service provides fully air conditioned train services in different categories.
The Lagos Ibadan standard guage train affords members of the public the opportunity to leave Ibadan for Lagos at 8. 00 am in the morning and return at 4.00 pm same day, Khadijah Aroyewun-Adekomaiya, Deputy Public Relations Officer (DPRO), NRC Lagos District, narrated in a news statement titled: “NRC Starts Lagos-Ibadan Standard Gauge Passengers Train “
Elaborating on the beginning of commercial services of the modernized railway system, Engr. Jerry Oche, Railway District Manager, Lagos said: “The newly introduced standard guage trains have finally come to fruition as the service is run using newly acquired coaches and locomotives.
“This service is fast, convenient, safe and relatively cheap. There is an option for everyone as the tickets are available in Economy to First Class rates.
“The journey time from Lagos to Ibadan is two and a half hours which makes more sense going by recent reports of traffic that has characterised Lagos Ibadan road due to ongoing road construction along that axis.”
Oche described the experience of traveling in the standard gauge train service as “a new dawn”, and, therefore, encouraged Nigerians to embrace this new service.
The management of NRC stressed that all major rules and regulations guiding the trains remain, especially in the area of nose mask usage and hand washing practice, which are measures in place to curb the spread of Novel Coronavirus disease (COVID 19) while on-board the train.