Ahead of the January launch as announced by the Federal Government of Nigeria, the Lagos-Ibadan railway commenced its trial operation on Monday.
The trial was conducted with passengers onboard.
Also, the train covered a 156km journey between Ibadan and Lagos for about 2 hours and 40 mins.
Here we go! 🇳🇬🚞 #Lagos #Ibadan railway in #Nigeria made trial operations with passengers!
The first double-track standard gauge modern railway in West #Africa is constructed by Chinese company @CCECC8. pic.twitter.com/D529v0T8rt
— Shen Shiwei沈诗伟 (@shen_shiwei) December 9, 2020
The train was built with $1.5 billion, financed by the Chinese government with Abuja assisting with counterpart funding.
The train will also be able to reach places like Nigeria’s economic hub and populated areas in Ibadan.
According to the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, the fare would cost the passengers a fortune as the prices range between 3,000 and 6,000.
He said, “Today, I approved the charges for passengers from Lagos to Ibadan. We just transferred how we charged from Abuja to Kaduna.
“We charge N3,000 per economy seat; N5,000 for business class and N6,000 for first class.”
He said during a speech at the inauguration of the governing council of the Chartered Institute of Transport Administration of Nigeria in Abuja.
How does it affect commuters going through the route?
The project handler, China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCEC), said that the time travel would be cut into two hours.
However, the departure time for Ibadan to Lagos is at 8 am daily and scheduled to return at 4 pm.
As such, this will be a new lease of movement for commuters who spend hours daily stuck in the Lagos-Ibadan traffic.
It is best believed that the rail transportation would be a great solution provider to the problems.
However, FG plans to extend the railway gauge to 2,733km, making it a Lagos-Kano gauge line standard.
What do Nigerians have to say about the trial?
Well, there have been mixed reactions after the operational trial on Monday.
Below are some reactions from Nigerians on Twitter:
Everything Buhari borrowed money to build, I am seeing them one by one. I have seen the Military Jets, and Equipment's. I have seen the trains, Lagos-Ibadan, Kaduna-Abuja train, I have also seen other Railways lines, trains coaches coming into the country. Please @OfficialPDPNig
— Born To Rule (@ihe69) December 8, 2020
Buhari is our problem but there was no new railway from Lagos to Ibadan after 108 years.
Buhari is our problem but Warri Iktape express rail was abandoned for 33 years.
Buhari is our problem but we were unable to construct a new 2nd Niger Bridge after 55 years.
You are curse. pic.twitter.com/WHD1z6EmwO
— Teejay (@tajudine2013) December 8, 2020
Don't mind those Buharist.
Ability that was able to give us Lagos Abkuta Ibadan express railway after 108 years?
Ability that is constructing the longest bridge within the South East after 55 years?
Ability that has completed Warri Iktape express rail after 33 years?
— Teejay (@tajudine2013) December 9, 2020
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