Abuja-Kaduna rail line to be delivered by December, 2014


Abuja-Kaduna rail line to be delivered by December, 2014
The Federal Government has said, Abuja-Kaduna rail line is to be delivered by December, 2014 and it is 85 percent complete.
 According to Vanguard Newspaper,
The Minister of Transport, Senator Idiris Umar, said this in Abuja at the 2014 Ministerial Press briefing on the programmes and projects of the ministry and its agencies. He said the ministry has been working in the past two years to provide the nation alternative transport system with the railway.

He said that out of the projected 187.5km rail line, the ministry has achieved 155 km, adding that the remaining 32 km would be completed and delivered by the end of this year.

He said that the Abuja-Kaduna standard guage rail project was funded with the $500 million facilities from the China Exim Bank.

Also, he said that the construction and the rehabilitation of Itakpe-Ajaokuta-Warri standard guage rail line would be completed by the second quarter of 2015, adding that the construction of the Lagos-Ibadan standard guage (double track) 2 x 180km had been awarded and would commence as soon as funding arrangement is concluded. He said the ministry has also awarded rehabilitation contracts to the tune of N1.616 trillion covering 1,796 km rail lines.