NRC begins passenger service on new Lagos-ibadan SGR corridor
Nigeria Railway Corporation ( NRC ) last Monday commenced passengers operations on the newly constructed standard gauge rail service on the Lagos Abeokuta-ibadan with the various train stations and signalling equipment installations are at various stages of completion . This newly introduced service provides fully air conditioned train services in different categories.
According to trip schedules, the new Lagos Ibadan standard gauge train service affords the traveling public to leave Ibadan for Lagos at 8 am and return at 4pm same day.
“The newly introduced standard gauge trains have finally come to fruition as the service is run using newly acquired coaches and locomotives. It is fast, convenient, safe and relatively cheap. There is an option for everyone as the tickets are available in the economy and first class coach rates”, said Jerry Oche, Lagos railway district manager.
According to him, “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 to Ibadan road, due to ongoing road construction along that axis. Train services in Lagos are experiencing a new dawn and we are encouraging Nigerians to embrace this new service”.
All major rules and regulations guiding the trains remain, especially in the area of nose mask usage and hand washing practice are observed, which are measures in place to curb the spread of Covid-19 while on-board the train.