Sunday 6 October 2013

Construction Starts On 12 Train Stations In Abuja Expected To Commute 700,000 Passengers On Light Rail Daily [Photos]

An estimated 700,000 passengers are projected to ride the Abuja light rail (ALR) daily when the first phase of the project takes off in 2015. FCT Minister, Senator Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed stated this on Tuesday during the flag-off of construction works on the 12 rail stations located along the first phase of the ALR project. He performed the flag-off ceremony jointly with the Chairman, Senate Committee on FCT, Senator Smart Adeyemi and the FCT Minister of State, Oloye Olajumoke Akinjide. The ground-breaking took place at site of the National Park Rail Station, Wuye District, Abuja.

The 12 railway stations under construction cover lots 1A and 3 which make up the first phase of the ALR project. The projects are scheduled to be completed within the first quarter of 2015.

Giving a breakdown of the 12 rail stations, Senator Bala Mohammed said that Lot 1A has four stations while Lot 3 has eight. The four stations along Lot 1A are Gwagwa Station, Deidei Station, Jibi Station and Gwazango Station while the eight stations along Lot 3 are Abuja Metro Station, National Stadium Station, National Park Station, Ring Road II Station, Wupa Station, Idu Transfer Station, Airport East Station and Airport Main Station.

Senator Bala Mohammed said the 12 stations would provide shopping precincts, cultural and entertainment centres to boost tourism. According to him, “The rail stations are places of high economic activities, boarding or alighting, rail transit management and operations, commercial and tourism activities.”

The Minister added that the locations of the stations were strategically designed to connect the FCT transportation network to districts and area councils. He said the remaining five lots, namely 1B, 2,4,5 and 6 are available for concession on design, build, operate and transfer basis.

Senator Smart Adeyemi in his speech said he was delighted at the huge progress recorded in the implementation of the rail project by the Bala Mohammed Administration principally because the project touches on critical needs of the ordinary people...

FCTA Secretary of Transportation, Engr. Jonathan Achara Ivoke, in his welcome address said the Abuja Main Rail Station is located at the Central Business District (CBD) which also hosts the Abuja Metro and the National Railway Stations. According to him, it is the General Transfer Station where passengers would be transiting from the Abuja Metro Station to the National Line.


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