– A customer review of Lagos-Ibadan speed rail has got many talking about the state of transportation in the country
– According to a man with the handle @dmIdavies, the train service is a comfortable one that goes for a relatively cheap price of N2500
– While many said the price needs to be made more affordable, others lauded the development as a good substitute to the overused road system
Nigeria’s transportation system could become a whole lot better with the speed rail that just launched, which takes people from Lagos to Ibadan with ease and without the fear of traffic associated with roads.
In a post on Tuesday, December 22, a man with the Twitter handle @dmIdavies gave a rider’s experience, a review that should tell anyone what to expect with the rail service.
According to him and the snapshot of his ticket, a ride from the Yaba station in Lagos to Moniya in Ibadan cost a sum of N2,500.
He said that the inside of the train is comfortable and very air-conditioned that one may ask for it to be reduced. There are also charging points for those who may want to work on their PC before they get to their workplaces.
@dmIdavies said that while there are a whole lot of things that could be improved, the service is very good for the money.
He added that there is a stop between Lagos and Ibadan at Abeokuta train station, making the journey 2 hours, 30 minutes.
The train currently operates once daily, leaving Ibadan to Lagos from 8 am to 10:30 am in the morning and back to Ibadan from Lagos at 4 pm to 6:30 pm. To get a ticket, a valid ID card is required and there is no option to book online for now.
Read his thread below:
Legit.ng compiled some of the reactions his post got below:
“I stay at Elebu in ibadan, imagine me how much it will take me to get to Moniya. but no problem. now what will happen if i is coming to ojodu in Lagos??? I will have to spend hours from Yaba to my destination. I think shuttle to train stations needs to be looked into.”
“It doesn’t matter where the train stations are, they’ll still be far from some people. If the train station was in your area, won’t people at Moniya go thru the same issue?”
“This is really really good and impressive. I hope the trains can be properly maintained and this can be replicated in many other parts of the country. An alternative means of transport is definitely needed to decongest the already bad roads.”
“I see people asking same question that has been answered several times . You are a very patient man oooooo. For #2,500 that is affordable. I bought a train ticket from London to manches for £90. 2hrs journey, although it’s a return ticket .It could be lesser but depends on when.”
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that the railway service which commenced operation on Monday, December 7, had only one passenger as it travelled from Ibadan in Oyo state to Lagos.
The newly introduced service provides fully air-conditioned train services in the Economy, Business and First Class categories.
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