The Nigerian Railway Corporation, NRC, would start Lagos-Ilorin passenger train service on Friday 28th October 2011.
This signals the completion of track rehabilitation work between Lagos and Jebba by the Chinese contracting firm, China Civil Engineering Construction Company, CCECC.
A statement from the corporation said the final track inspection was carried out October 21 – 22 for the purpose of ascertaining the level of preparedness and fitness of the tract section for safe running of train.
The inspection was under the leadership of Government Inspector of Railways and engineers from NRC, CCECC, Roughton consultancy and representatives from the Federal Ministry of Transport.
The Lagos – Ilorin Express train service will for the moment serve as the flag-ship of NRC passenger train service pending the completion of the Jebba – Kano line due for completion in December.
The statement said that management of NRC has assembled dedicated coaches and locomotive engines for the train service which will depart Lagos every Friday at 9:00am from Iddo terminus with a return journey to Lagos on Sundays.
The coaches are made up to 1st class sleeper, second class air-conditioned coaches and the economy class. There is also a restaurant coach and modern toilet facilities for passengers’ convenience, the statement said.
“Special operations staff have been deployed for the train service which also include medical officers and the Railway Police. The train service is also fitted with baggage vans for bulk goods and farm produce.”
The statement added that the Lagos-Ilorin Express train service will be unique, as it provides the travelling public with a better alternative to the traffic congestion on the Lagos-Ibadan express road. The stress-free train service will also afford the public the opportunity to appreciate nature and see the beautiful landscape and vegetations along the route.