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NRC begins construction of bridges at Lagos rail crossings

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The Nigerian Railway Corporation, NRC, says it has begun construction of underground pass and overhead bridges at the 11 level crossings across Lagos State to avoid accidents.

The Managing Director of the corporation, Mr Fidet Okhiria, made this disclosure in an interview on Tuesday.

This is coming after last Thursday’s train-bus crash in the PWD area of Lagos leading to the loss of lives while many people were injured.

The early morning accident involved a fully-loaded staff bus belonging to the Lagos State Government at the PWD rail crossing, off the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway.

The NRC MD, in his statement, noted that the corporation has started the separation of the road from the rail in Oyingbo and Ebute-Metta.

He said the corporation had constructed an underground pass and an overhead pass at the Agege level crossing.

“We are going to have 11 flyovers within Lagos and we cannot do all at the same time. We are constructing them in batches.

“Before now, we constructed barriers and they were vandalised; we even constructed automatic barriers which were also vandalized.

“Although we have been repairing them, especially the automatic barriers, they do not last for a week after such repairs.

“It is either they hit the barriers with vehicles or people vandalise them overnight,” Okhiria said.

The MD added that the NRC would deploy men and technology to alert road users whenever trains are approaching the level crossings.

Okhiria also mentioned that all over the world, people obey simple traffic regulations, but in Nigeria motorists usually violate traffic signs.

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