The Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC), North Eastern District has unveiled a five kilometer rail line from Bauchi to Inkil along Bauchi-Gombe for passengers and students on excursion.
Mr Aliyu Mainasara, the Railway District Manager (RDM), stated this during the unveiling of the rail line services in Bauchi on Tuesday.
Our correspondent reports that during the pre-test and commenencent of the rail services, the rail line conveyed the RDM, management team and passengers to and from Bauchi station to Inkill Community.
Mainasara pointed out that Services would run from Monday to Saturday three times in a day with a token of N200 per trip.
According to him, each trip would be accompanied by security personnel to protect passengers and their belongings.
“The train has the capacity of conveying about 70 to 100 passengers with comforting facilities,” he said.
The RDM however said full services would commence on Monday, September 5, 2022 with daily and monthly schedules.
He said the eastern district had not run a single train in the last seven years due to challenges posed by insecurity and vandalism of its track.
The initiative would accord the citizens and children to test the rail services, according to him, adding that there are people who don’t have experience of rail services.
“With this the children from schools would go for an excursion from Bauchi station to Inkil Community that is five kilometers from Bauchi station.
“By the end of this year we will extend the services to Alkaleri local government area of the state up to Gombe state respectively.”
He said engineers in the district are working on the track for the expansion of the scope of services to the Alkaleri Local Government Area of the state.
“The moment we fix the tracks up to Alkaleri, believe me, we will start to run our trains as well as Gombe in the district.
He urged stakeholders to support the initiative of the North-East District office of the corporation with credible information to ensure effective surveillance and protection of the tracks.