December 04, 2014

Track laying complete to Nigerian capital

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THE final section of track has been laid on the first railway to serve Abuja, the Nigerian capital. Services on the 186.5km standard-gauge from Abuja north to Kaduna will start in February 2015.

"We have a 25-year strategic vision for the development of the Nigerian railway," said Nigeria's transport minister Mr Idris Umar at a ceremony on December 1 to mark the completion of track laying. "It is our intention that every state in the country will be connected to rail."

The $US 850m project has been implemented by China Railway Construction Corporation, and is the second line of Nigeria's new standard-gauge network to be built. The line has nine stations, a design speed of 150km/h, and connects with the existing 1067mm-gauge network at Kaduna.

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