To end the congestion that now characterizes the recently inaugurated Abuja-Kaduna speed rail, the federal government is planning to deploy more coaches and locomotives.

The plan comes as the Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi promised to ensure the completion of the ongoing construction work on the Lagos-Ibadan standard gauge railway project by May this year.

The spokesperson for the Nigerian Railway Corporation, Mr Yakub Mahmoud, gave the hint about the new rolling stock on the Abuja-Kaduna standard gauge rail line.

He said the train service, currently running eight trips daily except Wednesdays (four each from Kaduna and Abuja), might be increased to hourly once enough coaches and locos were deployed in the route.

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He said: “The ultimate plan is to run a train every hour along the Abuja-Kaduna line by the time the NRC is able to deploy more coaches and locos there.

“Currently, the coaches and other rolling stock are being assembled in China and would be delivered to the NRC as soon as they are ready.”

Mahmoud also stated that some NRC engineers would be travelling to China for about six-month training on how to carry out effective maintenance on the locomotives and others.

Meanwhile, Amaechi has asked the contractor handling the 156km Lagos-Ibadan railway project, China Civil Engineering and Construction Company, to complete the civil work by April to ensure the delivery of the whole project by May.

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