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Watching that video....:eek:hno: abuja is slowly being invaded with lagos hawkers....
 

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Respite in sight as Abuja light rail nears completion
Tuesday, 25 October 2011 00:00 TUNJI OLAWUNI
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The road traffic gridlock in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja is becoming a nightmare for residents. The problem is further compounded by expansion work on major highways leading to the city centre. For residents of satellite towns like Kubwa, Mararaba, Nyanya, Karu, Lugbe, Gwarinpa, going to work or returning, has not been smooth.

Many residents have had to put up with hours of waiting on long queues because of the traffic bottlenecks. To redress the chaotic traffic situation, the administration of former minister of FCT, Adamu Ailero, came up with the idea of light rail in 2009. The light rail which is expected to link the city was billed to terminate at the famous Eagle Square, in the centre of the city.

Since the idea was mooted, however, not much has been heard about the project, thus leaving residents to doubt the good intention of government.

Though the FCT administration gave end of 2010 as take off date for the test run of the rail, residents waited in vain with no sign of progress. This was what prompted the newly inaugurated Senate Committee on FCT, headed by second term senator, Smart Adeyemi, to lead other members of the committee to pay on- the-spot visit to the headquarters of the FCT, to ascertain the true situation of the project.

Though Adeyemi was a member of the committee in the last Senate, he felt he did not have much say in the matter unlike now that he is at the helm of affairs, as chairman.

Last week, Adeyemi and members of the committee took a three-hour tour of the light rail corridor from the Ministry of Finance Estate through Idu, where the Chinese company handling the project has its sight for producing all the materials needed for the completion of the rail. Unknown to the residents, work on the project had advanced and from the briefing the committee got, test run of the light rail would commence this year’s December.

The federal lawmakers were taking through the corridors which already had laid tracks for the first phase of the rail. CityFile discovered on the tour that two locomotive engines were on sight awaiting coaches for the test run. It was also noticed that the company has in stock huge pile of rail tracks, which could speed up the completion of the project in near future.

The committee members were able to see firsthand transfer of technology to Nigerians, as young girls and boys mounted various operating machines where equipment for the rail was produced. The committee chairman told CityFile after the tour that “the light rail is a reality from what we have seen. I was part of the committee that visited the site last year.

“I am very satisfied with the level of progress on the sight, and hopefully the project will take off on schedule. Our people have suffered in an attempt to get to work. As representatives of the people, it is our duty to ensure that we alleviate the sufferings of the poor masses and this light rail is one of the measures government is working out to address that.”

He said the committee had directed the FCT administration to revoke the licence granted six transport operators who after collecting the licence have failed to deliver.

He said “there are competent operators that have the resources to deliver, and we think there is no reason why some people would be granted licences and they would not perform. The committee would not tolerate that type of situation and we have told the officials in charge.”

From what is now on ground and with the assurance by the Chinese company handling the light rail, residents can begin to heave sighs of relief from the end of this year as the test run of the project comes on stream. courtesy business day
 

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Respite in sight as Abuja light rail nears completion
Tuesday, 25 October 2011 00:00 TUNJI OLAWUNI
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The road traffic gridlock in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja is becoming a nightmare for residents. The problem is further compounded by expansion work on major highways leading to the city centre. For residents of satellite towns like Kubwa, Mararaba, Nyanya, Karu, Lugbe, Gwarinpa, going to work or returning, has not been smooth.

Many residents have had to put up with hours of waiting on long queues because of the traffic bottlenecks. To redress the chaotic traffic situation, the administration of former minister of FCT, Adamu Ailero, came up with the idea of light rail in 2009. The light rail which is expected to link the city was billed to terminate at the famous Eagle Square, in the centre of the city.

Since the idea was mooted, however, not much has been heard about the project, thus leaving residents to doubt the good intention of government.

Though the FCT administration gave end of 2010 as take off date for the test run of the rail, residents waited in vain with no sign of progress. This was what prompted the newly inaugurated Senate Committee on FCT, headed by second term senator, Smart Adeyemi, to lead other members of the committee to pay on- the-spot visit to the headquarters of the FCT, to ascertain the true situation of the project.

Though Adeyemi was a member of the committee in the last Senate, he felt he did not have much say in the matter unlike now that he is at the helm of affairs, as chairman.

Last week, Adeyemi and members of the committee took a three-hour tour of the light rail corridor from the Ministry of Finance Estate through Idu, where the Chinese company handling the project has its sight for producing all the materials needed for the completion of the rail. Unknown to the residents, work on the project had advanced and from the briefing the committee got, test run of the light rail would commence this year’s December.

The federal lawmakers were taking through the corridors which already had laid tracks for the first phase of the rail. CityFile discovered on the tour that two locomotive engines were on sight awaiting coaches for the test run. It was also noticed that the company has in stock huge pile of rail tracks, which could speed up the completion of the project in near future.

The committee members were able to see firsthand transfer of technology to Nigerians, as young girls and boys mounted various operating machines where equipment for the rail was produced. The committee chairman told CityFile after the tour that “the light rail is a reality from what we have seen. I was part of the committee that visited the site last year.

“I am very satisfied with the level of progress on the sight, and hopefully the project will take off on schedule. Our people have suffered in an attempt to get to work. As representatives of the people, it is our duty to ensure that we alleviate the sufferings of the poor masses and this light rail is one of the measures government is working out to address that.”

He said the committee had directed the FCT administration to revoke the licence granted six transport operators who after collecting the licence have failed to deliver.

He said “there are competent operators that have the resources to deliver, and we think there is no reason why some people would be granted licences and they would not perform. The committee would not tolerate that type of situation and we have told the officials in charge.”

From what is now on ground and with the assurance by the Chinese company handling the light rail, residents can begin to heave sighs of relief from the end of this year as the test run of the project comes on stream. courtesy business day


Is the abuja light rail really going to use locomotive trains. I thought it would have used some fancy looking modern electric powered trains, similar to the one in the artistic picture of the project. A city like abuja needs nice looking trains. I hope the locomotives are simply for a test run.

Oh well, its good to hear the project is actually moving on track. All previous reports made it seemed like the project was stalled. Hope we can get some pictures.
 

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Respite in sight as Abuja light rail nears completion
Tuesday, 25 October 2011 00:00 TUNJI OLAWUNI
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The road traffic gridlock in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja is becoming a nightmare for residents. The problem is further compounded by expansion work on major highways leading to the city centre. For residents of satellite towns like Kubwa, Mararaba, Nyanya, Karu, Lugbe, Gwarinpa, going to work or returning, has not been smooth.

Many residents have had to put up with hours of waiting on long queues because of the traffic bottlenecks. To redress the chaotic traffic situation, the administration of former minister of FCT, Adamu Ailero, came up with the idea of light rail in 2009. The light rail which is expected to link the city was billed to terminate at the famous Eagle Square, in the centre of the city.

Since the idea was mooted, however, not much has been heard about the project, thus leaving residents to doubt the good intention of government.

Though the FCT administration gave end of 2010 as take off date for the test run of the rail, residents waited in vain with no sign of progress. This was what prompted the newly inaugurated Senate Committee on FCT, headed by second term senator, Smart Adeyemi, to lead other members of the committee to pay on- the-spot visit to the headquarters of the FCT, to ascertain the true situation of the project.

Though Adeyemi was a member of the committee in the last Senate, he felt he did not have much say in the matter unlike now that he is at the helm of affairs, as chairman.

Last week, Adeyemi and members of the committee took a three-hour tour of the light rail corridor from the Ministry of Finance Estate through Idu, where the Chinese company handling the project has its sight for producing all the materials needed for the completion of the rail. Unknown to the residents, work on the project had advanced and from the briefing the committee got, test run of the light rail would commence this year’s December.

The federal lawmakers were taking through the corridors which already had laid tracks for the first phase of the rail. CityFile discovered on the tour that two locomotive engines were on sight awaiting coaches for the test run. It was also noticed that the company has in stock huge pile of rail tracks, which could speed up the completion of the project in near future.

The committee members were able to see firsthand transfer of technology to Nigerians, as young girls and boys mounted various operating machines where equipment for the rail was produced. The committee chairman told CityFile after the tour that “the light rail is a reality from what we have seen. I was part of the committee that visited the site last year.

“I am very satisfied with the level of progress on the sight, and hopefully the project will take off on schedule. Our people have suffered in an attempt to get to work. As representatives of the people, it is our duty to ensure that we alleviate the sufferings of the poor masses and this light rail is one of the measures government is working out to address that.”

He said the committee had directed the FCT administration to revoke the licence granted six transport operators who after collecting the licence have failed to deliver.

He said “there are competent operators that have the resources to deliver, and we think there is no reason why some people would be granted licences and they would not perform. The committee would not tolerate that type of situation and we have told the officials in charge.”

From what is now on ground and with the assurance by the Chinese company handling the light rail, residents can begin to heave sighs of relief from the end of this year as the test run of the project comes on stream. courtesy business day
i live near one of the construction site, i see the construction work everyday :)
 

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So the Abuja light rail project is not a light rail its a commuter rail? Hence why the article stated near by towns and the use of a locomotive and coaches?
 

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So the Abuja light rail project is not a light rail its a commuter rail? Hence why the article stated near by towns and the use of a locomotive and coaches?
I think its too early to start condemning this project, as facts are not clear yet, though the project renders says otherwise, i dont believe the Abuja light rail will be run by locomotives
 

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FCDA lays tracks of Abuja Light Rail project
Thursday, 29 September 2011 21:00 administrator
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By Josephine Ella

The Abuja Light Rail project has reached 25-27 per cent completion stage as the contracted firm handling the project, China Civil Engineering Construction Company (CCCECC) has laid the rail tracks up to a distance of 27.87km.
Fielding questions from journalists during a tour of the project site yesterday, the head of the supervisory team of tAhe Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA), Engr. Tony Agwahiro said that the laying of the tracks commenced about two months ago.
Although, Agwahiro could not ascertain when the tracks would be completed, he said that the next step would be the configuration of the train cars.
His words: “By now, we are between 25-27 per cent completion but, you have to understand that in rail, most of the works are done mainly by procurement. But, for earth work, if we have money we can do the whole earth works, then we’ll bring in all the support facilities like the operation control centre where you can view the operations of the rail. etc.
Continuing, he said that: “The rail track is presently covering 27.87km, once the track is there; the next step is to re-configure the train cars. Government has not taken a position on this except the ones that are for pre-operation. When we finish laying the tracks, we shall test with those ones. Presently, about10 -15 cabins have been provided but the whole decision will be taken by the government.
He said that the FCT administration was constrained by the available resources, hence it has undertaken to embark on the project segment by segment.
Asked when the project would be delivered, he said: “If the funds we require are provided we can complete the job on schedule because presently, we have a lot of needs so, we have to segment this project.
Earlier during the tour, the Director of Abuja Film Village (AFV), Mr. Segun Oyekunle, who led officials of the AFV on the tour, commended the efforts of the FCT administration.
He said that they were at the site to view the project, as one of the rail track is expected to pass through the film village.
This, he said would help address the transportation needs of the film village, just as he urged the contractor to engage more workers on the site for the quick execution of the project.
Also speaking, the President, Nigeria Society of Engineer(NSE), Engr. Joseph Akintola Akinleye commended the effort of the administration, urging it to make more funds available to the contractor, to ensure that the project is delivered on schedule.
 

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FCDA lays tracks of Abuja Light Rail project
Thursday, 29 September 2011 21:00 administrator
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By Josephine Ella

The Abuja Light Rail project has reached 25-27 per cent completion stage as the contracted firm handling the project, China Civil Engineering Construction Company (CCCECC) has laid the rail tracks up to a distance of 27.87km.
Fielding questions from journalists during a tour of the project site yesterday, the head of the supervisory team of tAhe Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA), Engr. Tony Agwahiro said that the laying of the tracks commenced about two months ago.
Although, Agwahiro could not ascertain when the tracks would be completed, he said that the next step would be the configuration of the train cars.
His words: “By now, we are between 25-27 per cent completion but, you have to understand that in rail, most of the works are done mainly by procurement. But, for earth work, if we have money we can do the whole earth works, then we’ll bring in all the support facilities like the operation control centre where you can view the operations of the rail. etc.
Continuing, he said that: “The rail track is presently covering 27.87km, once the track is there; the next step is to re-configure the train cars. Government has not taken a position on this except the ones that are for pre-operation. When we finish laying the tracks, we shall test with those ones. Presently, about10 -15 cabins have been provided but the whole decision will be taken by the government.
He said that the FCT administration was constrained by the available resources, hence it has undertaken to embark on the project segment by segment.
Asked when the project would be delivered, he said: “If the funds we require are provided we can complete the job on schedule because presently, we have a lot of needs so, we have to segment this project.
Earlier during the tour, the Director of Abuja Film Village (AFV), Mr. Segun Oyekunle, who led officials of the AFV on the tour, commended the efforts of the FCT administration.
He said that they were at the site to view the project, as one of the rail track is expected to pass through the film village.
This, he said would help address the transportation needs of the film village, just as he urged the contractor to engage more workers on the site for the quick execution of the project.
Also speaking, the President, Nigeria Society of Engineer(NSE), Engr. Joseph Akintola Akinleye commended the effort of the administration, urging it to make more funds available to the contractor, to ensure that the project is delivered on schedule.
It seems the Government has not actually procured any cars as of yet, the locomotives are just for testing.
 

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Hmmmn.,..... Laying the tracks abi?
I just hope those track they are laying are not for '''Faka-fiki'' trains.../. cause I would be utterly disappointed. :D
 

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Exactly! Look at the "mediocrity" that those 'Nigerians' are celebrating wrt PH, Lagos and Enugu rail projects.

Of course, I'm assuming that you are non-Nigerian.
of course, I am Nigerian, How else would I be knowledgeable enough to make such a bold statement???
 

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I just saw a video about the abuja light rail on nta and it looks greeaat. I'll try to see if I can find the video online.

As for the locomotives, the rail seems to be a commuter rail and will operate on desiel engines similar to the long island rail road.

At least according to the render
 

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is this what you saw gareth?

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