Construction on the light rail project for the Nigerian capital of Abuja is “90% there”, according to the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Minister Muhammad Bello.
On an inspection of work sites on 13 March, the Minister confirmed that while the 72.7km (45.2-mile) double-track alignment is complete there is still work to be done to complete the overhead power supply, which stands at about “20%, but adequate progress will be achieved soon”.
According to Bello, 13 railway bridges, 50 culverts, 15 flyovers and nine pedestrian overpasses and bridges are also complete; ten of the 12 stations are also at advanced stages of completion with painting and electrical installations being undertaken. Works on the new system are in the hands of the Chinese Civil Engineering Construction Company (CCECC).
The Minister confirmed that the rolling stock depot, along with communication and signalling works, also stood at 85% and that he hoped the USD841.6m project would encourage the public to use rail upon its opening in 2018.
The light rail line is just one of six facets of the FCT ‘rail masterplan’ designed to promote greater connectivity across the whole city.