In a groundbreaking move, the Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC) has announced a new era in rail transportation by reintroducing the Kano to Lagos express train service, renowned as the 2LL.
Following extensive refurbishments and successful trial runs, this rail link is set to re-establish a connection between two of Nigeria’s economic powerhouses. During a series of test runs, The Guardian observed the 2LL traversing Kano to Minna with empty coaches, drawing the admiration of onlookers upon its arrival at Minna Railway Station. These test runs aim to fine-tune operations in preparation for the eagerly anticipated return to service.
The Federal Government’s repair works on the damaged segments of the Minna/Kaduna/Kano railway tracks have been completed, with the NRC certifying their readiness.
Upon arrival, the train received a warm welcome from NRC management staff, including the representative of the Railway District Manager, North Western District, Obafunso Suleimon, and other officials, marking a significant milestone in the restoration process.
“Passengers can anticipate a luxurious travel experience aboard the 2LL, which has undergone a comprehensive makeover. The coaches have been modernized with top-notch facilities for enhanced comfort and style. The train’s overnight stay in Minna before proceeding to Lagos was part of the final preparations to ensure the safety and reliability of the Minna to Lagos tracks,” stated Suleimon.
Expressing enthusiasm, Suleimon acknowledged the Federal Government’s commitment, as reflected in the efforts of the Minister of Transportation, Said Alkali, and NRC’s Managing Director, Fidet Okheria, to revitalize the railway system for the benefit of the Nigerian populace.
The return of the express train is a testament to the government’s dedication to improving the nation’s transportation infrastructure. After being out of service for approximately two years due to various challenges, the 2LL Kano to Lagos train is poised to make a comeback under the leadership of President Bola Tinubu.