As part of Nigeria's country wide rail modernization programme, the Abuja-Kaduna light rail project was initiated.
It is a 186km long rail line equipped with a single standard guage track system. The track laying was carried out as far back as 2013 and reached completion in 2018.
The rail line is among the first standard gauge railway modernisation projects (SGRMP) carried out in Nigeria.
The standard gauge line connects the federal capital city of Abuja with the commercial city of Kaduna cutting through 13 communities and 12 stations, enabling faster movement of goods and people between the two cities.
The project employed about 4000 workers with the hope for expansion in it's workforce later on.
The estimated cost was around $874m with China‘s EXIM bank making a total contribution of $500m as a concessionary loan for the project. The remaining part of the total cost was provided by the federal government.
Source:Federal ministry of information
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