First double-track standard gauge modern railway in West Africa commences trial operation in Nigeria
Nigeria, Lagos – The first double-track standard gauge modern railway in West Africa commenced trial operations with passengers on Tuesday in Lagos.
The trial operation handling by China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation, CCECC, the Chinese construction company handling Nigeria railway project, commenced at 8.00am on the main line of the Lagos-Ibadan railway.
The company, which disclosed this on its Facebook official account page wrote:
“We’ve been waiting for this moment! At 8:00 a.m. on December 7, 2020, the main line of the Lagos-Ibadan railway, the first double-track standard gauge modern railway in West Africa, commenced trial operations with passengers. On the same day, the acceptance process started on the main line of the railway.
“The train departed from the Ibadan station in accordance with the scheduled railway operating plan, the trip lasted 2 hours and 40 minutes, ran 156 kilometers, and arrived at Lagos station at 10:40 a.m. The train departed from Lagos station at 16:00 and arrived at Ibadan station at 18:40, successfully completing the first test run with passengers.
“The trial operation was conducted by a China-made Diesel Multiple Unit (DMU), which runs two times a day and opens three stations at the early stage. The train has a standard capacity of 588 passengers, with a limited passenger density of no more than 3/5, in accordance with the Nigerian government’s pandemic prevention and control requirements. At present, the train runs 2 hours and 40 minutes, and the running time between Lagos and Ibadan will be shortened to 2 hours after the official opening.
“The project is now being pushing ahead with the construction of the rest work, and all the personnel are working around-the-clock with high morale towards its official operation in 2021”.