Railway is an exciting means of transportation. It’s relatively one of the safest means of transportation. Railway transportation is relatively fast, depending on the type of gauge rail and the speed of the train. Railway transportation is somewhat reliable as there’s little or no obstruction. There’s also no problem of potholes and it’s rarely affected by bad weather. There’s a new railway in town. One that is causing a rave on social media. With huge societal and economic importance, the Abuja-Kaduna railway is a vital infrastructure in the travel and transport industry. The rail has undergone several test-runs. It’s one that will usher in development and rapid growth. It’s going to improve the quality of life of Nigerians. It’s also going to promote social and regional integration. Here are some of the important things you need to know about this new infrastructural development;
It’s Nigeria’s first high speed Railway
This landmark achievement is Nigeria’s first high speed rail. It will run on speeds greater than 100 km/hr for both cargo and human coaches.
Nigeria’s first Standard Gauge Rail
The Abuja-Kaduna rail track is Nigeria’s first ever standard gauge rail. It’s 186 kilometer long. The distance between the inside edges of the rails is defined to be 1,435 millimetres (4 ft 8 1⁄2 inches). 55% of the rail lines in the world have standard gauges.
Would convey close to 4oo Passengers
The standard gauge rail network has four coaches that can convey 380 passengers. This will be done with two economy coaches and one business coach.
The Railway has Nine Stations
Starting from Idu in Abuja and ending at Rigasa in Kaduna State, the rail has nine stations. The nine stations include; Idu (Abuja), Kuchibon, Asham, Jere, Gidan, Rijauna, Dutse , Kakau and Rigasa (Kaduna State).
It will usher in lots of Opportunities
The emergence of this railway will bring in several opportunities (economic and social) in the transport sector, the travel industry, the agricultural sector and many other sectors in Nigeria.