NRC said the service is the first phase of its Capacity Enhancement Programmed, stating that the new train service will depart Iddo (Lagos) at 11.00a.m and arrive Kano at 5.00 p.m of the next day. “The introduction of this service will result in an increase in the number of passengers moved from Lagos to Kano from 3,500 weekly to 5,500 weekly,” it said.
It would be recalled that the first weekly Lagos-Kano Passenger train service which departs Lagos at 12 noon on Fridays commenced on December 21, 2012. Subsequently, the second weekly train service which departs Lagos at 9.00a.m on Tuesdays terminates at Ilorin with a connecting service from Offa to Kano.
It is anticipated that the introduction of the third weekly Lagos-Kano passenger train service will help decongest existing services and avail passengers a more comfortable and pleasant journey.
The corporation said the next service to be introduced in its Capacity Enhancement programme is the haulage of Bran and Wheat Flour for Dufil Prima foods (Indomie).
It said the service which will commence before the end of July will involve the freighting of 436 tonnes of the product weekly from Apapa to Kaduna.
Furthermore the corporation said it will in August commence the haulage of container freight from APM terminal in Apapa Port to Inland Container Nigeria Limited (ICNL) container depots in Kaduna and Kano.
Meanwhile, Engineer Seyi Sijuwade, NRC managing director, has confirmed that the intended Public Private Partnership (PPP) initiatives will further enhance the capacity of train services across the country.
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