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Old November 29th, 2017, 10:25 AM   #21
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Update from the Nigerian subforum:

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It seems like the schedule may have slipped a month from December:

Abuja light rail to commence operation two months’ time – Minister

November 21, 2017 Caleb Onwe
There are indications that the long awaited phase one of Abuja light rail system, will finally come on stream in two to three months from now. The take off of the system is expected to reduce the traffic congestion already being experienced in some parts of the nation’s capital.

The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Malam Mohammed Bello, who gave the hint when the management team of Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation – NTDC, led by its new Director General, Mr. Folorunsho Coker, visited him in Abuja, said the commencement of the light rail would not only help to resolve the traffic challenge of the emerging metropolitan city, but also make Abuja the tourism hub of Africa.

Within the next two to three months, the Abuja Light Rail system phase one will be functioning. Phase one is a municipal rail system that will emanate from the airport, right to the centre of the city and terminating at what we call the metro plaza station.

“That gives people coming to Abuja or leaving Abuja option of coming to the city by light rail without having to drive the 45kilometre expressway distance, even though, on its own, the expressway offers a beautiful window on the city.”, he said.

According to the Minister, five out of the network of 12 metro stations have already been completed with massive work ongoing to ensure that the project was delivered as scheduled, for residents and visitors to the capital city to begin to have a feel of the tourism values in the rail system.

“Commuters have the option of moving from the city centre to the airport.” Other qualities that make Abuja a preferred destination, the Minister disclosed, include, “quality infrastructure, beautiful weather, strategic road networks and more importantly, its status as a diplomatic and government centre.”

“The rail station system traverses important scenes of the Abuja ecosystem and landmarks and would, among other qualities, unveil to tourists, the beautiful reliefs and panoramic landscape of the Territory. Some of these include the national stadium, a national park and the Wupa Waste Treatment Plant – the largest in Nigeria” he noted.

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Old December 5th, 2017, 06:16 PM   #22
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New photos from the project! Crossposted from the Nigerian subforum. source here.

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Idu Station


Idu Station for the Abuja Mass Rail in the foreground, Station of the Abuja - Kaduna Railway behind


Overview of the Idu Train Depot


Rolling stock maintenance shed of the Idu Train Depot




Abuja Metro Station


Stadium Station


switches and signalling equipment


Integrated Maintenance Center and Traffic Control Center


Signalling and tel-communication equipment






Internal view of the Integrated Maintenance Center


Traffic control room

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Old December 13th, 2017, 03:48 AM   #23
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Old December 18th, 2017, 03:25 AM   #25
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No clue, though overall completion of the project has now been pushed back.

Abuja light rail: Dec deadline no longer feasible –NRC



Abuja Metro rail’s Station in Abuja Photos: Abubakar Yakubu


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The December deadline given by the Ministry of Transportation before the commissioning of the Abuja light rail project appears no longer possible due to the late arrival of the train coaches from China last Tuesday.

Deputy Director Public Relations, Nigerian Railway Corporation, Yakub Mahmood, who disclosed this to Daily Trust, said it is not easy to convey the coaches to Abuja from Lagos, adding that special heavy duty vehicles needed to convey the coaches are already at the Tin Can Island in Lagos to embark on such mission any moment from now.

According to him, the locomotives have been in Abuja since July while the coaches are in Lagos now, ready to be conveyed to Abuja. “I cannot tell you precisely when the project will be commissioned as that is the function of the Minister of Transportation,” he added.

He appealed to Nigerians to appreciate the efforts of government as all the equipment were imported and government was bent on delivering such laudable project.

“Nigerians should give us time. It is not something we should rush as everything involved has to be imported because they are not manufactured here. This is a standard railway line and everything has to comply with that standard and has to be new,” he stated.

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo in 2007 performed the official foundation laying ceremony of the Abuja light rail project. The $84 million, 280km Abuja Light Rail System (ALRS), was designed to convey commuters from satellite towns to the city centre. The project was originally linked to the city’s bid to host the Commonwealth Games in 2014.

However, lack of funds delayed the project by many years. The contract for the light rail project was awarded to China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC).

The first phase of the project will connect the city centre to Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, stopping at the standard gauge railway station in Idu. The project is expected to be launched in December 2017.

The Abuja rail mass transit project phase 1 consists of a ‘Lot 1’ and ‘Lot 3’ line. Lot 1 Line consists of Lot1A and Lot1B line with a total length of 23.718km. The Lot 1A proposed stations are - Idu - Gwagwa - Dei Dei - Jibi - Gbazango - Byazhin - Kubwa.

Lot 1B proposed stations are Ring Road 1 - Garki - Wuse - Utako - Jabi I - Jabi II - Ring Road III - Gwarinpa - Karmo. Lot 3 proposed stations are: Abuja - Stadium - National Park - Ring Road II - Wupa - Idu - Airport.


The complete network is planned to link Abuja with satellite towns such as Nyanya, Kubwa, Mararaba and Lugbe. Some of the lines extend from the Federal Capital Territory into the neighbouring states.

Some of the railway stations outside Abuja municipality, include Gwagwalada, Nyanya, Mararaba and Keffi all in Nasarawa State and Suleja in Niger State.

The FCT minister, Malam Muhammadu Musa Bello, recently said that the construction work on the Abuja Light Rail project projected date of completion for lots 1a and 3 is October, while the test run was to commence from November, this year.

The minister also said that the completion of comprehensive maintenance and office complex buildings at the rolling stock depot, Idu, as well as the completion of permanent way and laying of double tracks are at various stages of completion.

He disclosed that the construction work in 10 out of 12 railway stations and the installation of signaling and communication equipment at the 10 completed railway stations and the Idu Rolling depot have equally been completed.

The minister said the total length of the rail double track laid is 45.245 kilometres, which is 100 per cent completed.

Bello said due to the importance the present administration attached to the rail project, the FCTA would work assiduously to complete it and make it operational as planned.

He said his administration was determined to assuage the difficulties currently being experienced by commuters in the territory, adding that this explained why great attention is given to the project. [...]

Source: https://www.dailytrust.com.ng/abuja-...sible-nrc.html
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