-by our correspondent.
The Nigeria Railway Corporation, (NRC) says no fewer than 33,140 passengers travelled through the Lagos-Ibadan railway in July this year.
The Lagos District Manager of NRC, Jerry Oche, who disclosed this to Newsmen on Thursday in Lagos, said the corporation transported more passengers in the standard class coach category via the standard gauge railway in July.
“In July, the total passenger traffic on board the standard class stood at 24,948, out of the 33,140 passenger traffic. For business class, we recorded 6,995 and for first class, we had 1,167, while the total passenger traffic recorded from Lagos to Ibadan in July stood at 33,140.” He noted.
Oche also disclosed that 7,134 passenger traffic was recorded from Lagos alone, while the increase in July was as a result of awareness and expansion in the trip after the inauguration. He said the corporation’s management was working towards introducing snacks in the lounge, adding that they were only awaiting directives from Nigeria Centre for Disease Control before its commencement.
The district manager further said that many banks had indicated interest to partner with the corporation to enable the commuters have access to their money to purchase tickets, adding that currently, passengers were using Point of Sale (POS) for payment of tickets at the rail stations.