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Amaechi Promises New Abuja-Kaduna Rail Shuttle By July

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Posted: Jun 1, 2016 at 8:00 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)


Mr Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, Minister of Transportation, declared Wednesday that government of President Muhammadu Buhari was fully committed to wide-ranging improvements in the transportation sector.

He added that the Abuja-Kaduna rail service would be up and running by July.

He stated this in Abuja during an inspection of the rail line and coach of the Abuja-Kaduna service from Idu Main Station to Kuchbun at Kubwa, Abuja.

Addressing newsmen, he said, “If you say whether it will be subsidized, it will be. We are working out the details of how much it will cost to carry passengers  and to maintain it.

“We are looking at bringing Mr. President to commission in July. In two weeks time, they will do the test run of the track without passengers, after that two weeks, it will take another two weeks to do test run with passengers and it will be free of charge and that will take us to the end of June.  Which means by first week in July, we believe that the President will come and flag it off for commercial service.

“At the beginning we had done the test run but then it wasn’t completed. Today it has been completed. So today is the first test run that we are doing on the completed standard gauge. The signaling, communication, stations are all completed now so you can actually technically say today is the first day of test running the completed project.”