Chinese-built light rail put into operation in Nigeria

2024-05-30 Editor : Li Yan ECNS App Download
Passengers take the Abuja Light Rail in Nigeria, May 28, 2024. (Photo/China News Service)

Passengers take the Abuja Light Rail in Nigeria, May 28, 2024. (Photo/China News Service)


(ECNS) -- The first phase of Abuja Light Rail, Nigeria's first light railway line, built by China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC), was put into commercial operation on Wednesday, according to CCECC.

The rail line spans 45 kilometers, including an 18-kilometer Lot1A track and a 27-kilometer Lot3 track on two lines, connecting downtown Abuja, International Airport, satellite towns, and other parts of the city, covering 12 stations and 1 train depot.

The Light Rail line adopts the double-track standard track of the Chinese railway, with a maximum speed of 100 kilometers per hour.

The energy-saving trains are customized to cater for the local environment of high temperature, strong wind, and sand, according to CCECC.

After its commercial operation, the rail will greatly alleviate traffic congestion pressure in Abuja, save commuting costs, and drive local economic and social development. 

The project has created nearly 10,000 jobs for the local community and cultivated more than 3,000 talents in the construction and operation of the line.


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