If you had any plans to travel by rail to Kano from Lagos or vice versa within the next two weeks, you should consider an alternate arrangement.

There will be no train along that route. All schedules have been cancelled.

This follows the collapse of the Tatabu Bridge in the Mokwa Local Government Area of Niger State after a heavy rainfall, which affected the rail line.

The Managing Director of Nigeria Railway Corporation, NRC, Mr. Fidet Okhiria, made this known in Lagos, adding that the two-week break was to enable the corporation to erect a temporary bridge along the affected rail track that would facilitate the movement of trains.

He said the temporary bridge being moved from the Ibadan railway station would arrive at the Tatabu site today (Monday) along with other materials such as ballast and granite from Lagos for the repair work.

According to Okhiria, an emergency team that would fix the problem had been assembled, with some track officers and engineers already at the site to assess the situation and begin some preliminary work.

The Tatabu Bridge collapsed on June 11 after a heavy rainfall that led to the washout of some portions of the rail track.

This also affected a major road linking the North to the South-West as well as some residential buildings and farmlands in the area.