The Federal Government has announced the repair of rail tracks on the Abuja-Kaduna Train Service line.
A statement by the Nigeria Railway Corporation on Thursday, said the tracks destroyed by terrorists, who attacked an Abuja-Kaduna Train on March 28, 2022 in Kaduna, has been reconnected.
The statement noted that the major work on the destroyed rail line had been completed.
It also said that services on the Abuja-Kaduna rail line would soon resume fully.
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The NRC explained that the Loco 2502 which was involved in the attack and trapped at Rigasa due to lack of route access, had now crossed to the Idu and was being taken to the workshop for proper examination and routine maintenance.
The statement read in part, “In our concerted efforts at restoring the AKTS tracks corridor for resumption of service soonest, please note the latest updates: the connection of the AKTS line has been achieved.
“This implies that the major track components (concrete sleepers and rails) have been completely laid. The south end of the tracks (which was destroyed by the explosion) has been successfully joined with the north end.
“Track access between Abuja and Kaduna is now restored. The technical team continue with other track stabilisation works including ballasting, temping, fastening of accessories (clips, bolts and nuts) and welding.”
“As we have mentioned in our earlier releases, the Abuja – Kaduna Train Service will resume soon with additional security measures put in place,” it stated.
The corporation added, “Passengers will be required to provide their NIN registration for verification prior to purchasing train tickets. This is for improved passenger profiling and safety onboard.
“The corporation is committed to the safety of all our passengers and staff onboard the ill-fated Ak9 train service. We will continue to collaborate with security agencies to ensure all persons being held are rescued unhurt and reunited with their families, soonest.”