Govt votes N567.4b for rail upgrade

Govt votes N567.4b for rail upgrade

The Federal Government has set aside N567.4 billion ($1.68 billion) for the upgrade and modernisation of the Kano-Kaduna segment of the Lagos-Kano rail line. The contract for the project has been awarded to a Chinese firm, China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC).

According to a statement endorsed by Yi Er San Ri and Liunian Jiuyue, on behalf of the construction giant at the weekend, the two-lane standard gauge design will travel at a maximum driving speed of 150kilometres per hour (km/hr).

In context, the rail line can move as fast as travelling from Lagos to Ibadan in 48 mins. This is expected to be faster than the Kaduna-Abuja rail line. CCECC also signed a contractn worth $3.4 billion for the construction of the Calabar-Port Harcourt Segment 1, which aims to extend the rail line between Calabar and Port Harcourt to Onne Deep Seaport. Read more

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