Part of the long-awaited Lagos-Ibadan standard gauge rail line will be in use from Wednesday February 6 after inauguration by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

Ahead of the inauguration, the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has directed the Nigerian Railway Corporation to redeploy two new coaches from Itakpe-Warri rail line to the new Lagos-Abeokuta section of the Lagos-Ibadan rail.
Already, two new coaches have been stationed and dedicated to the new rail line.

This is coming ahead of a train ride by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on February 6 with the minister to mark the inauguration of the new standard gauge rail section.

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Amaechi, who disclosed this after an inspection of the new rail line on Friday, said it was to take care of the large number of passengers expected to use the new rail line after the inauguration on February 6.

He said passengers would enjoy two months of free train ride from February 7 on the new Lagos-Abeokuta rail line.

“The Vice President will ride the train February 6, excepts it clashes with his political arrangement. And he is coming to flag off the passengers’ use of the first phase of the Lagos-Abeokuta railway, thus reducing passengers’ travel time from one hour 30 minutes to 45 minutes,” Amaechi said.

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