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Nigeria commences Lagos-Ibadan railway operations

Nigeria commences Lagos-Ibadan railway operations
Nigeria's Lagos-Ibadan railway has begun trial operations   -  
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Nigeria on Monday began conducting trial operations for the Lagos-Ibadan railway ahead of a January launch.

The experimental operations were conducted with passengers on board. The train covered the 156km journey between Ibadan and Lagos in 2 hours and 40 minutes.

The Lagos-Ibadan line is a double-track standard gauge rail, the first of its kind in West Africa.

Ir runs from Nigeria's economic hub and most populous city to Ibadan, capital of Oyo state. 

The $1.5bn project was financed by China with Abuja providing counterpart funding.

After official inauguration, travel time will be cut to two hours, according to a statement by China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCEC), the project's contractors.

Passengers will pay between N3,000 ($8) and N6,000 ($16) for tickets .

A Nigeria Railways Corporation official said the train departs Ibadan for Lagos at 8am daily with a return trip scheduled at 4pm.

The Lagos-Ibadan expressway is notorious for heavy trucks and traffic gridlocks that can stretch for several kilometres.

The Lagos-Ibadan line is the first part of a new 2,733km Lagos-Kano standard gauge line. The total cost of the project was valued at $11.117bn.

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