Tuesday, 27 June 2017

We always prevent rail accidents during rainy season

The Lagos District Manager of the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC), Mr Jerry Oche, said on Tuesday that proactive measures had been put in place to prevent accidents on rail tracks during the rainy season.

Oche disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.

He also said that new strategies had been evolved by the Lagos District of the NRC to prevent accidents across various rail lines and level crossings in the district.

“We are being proactive in preventing accidents during the rainy season.

From experience, we discovered that accidents are usually on the increase during the rainy season. We have embarked on a new programme now to replace the quality of timber at level crossings, with newer sets.

“At any point at level crossings, we have timber and you know whether the timbers is treated or not, it gets weakened after some time. So, what we are doing now is to be proactive and make effective changes and replacements across the rail lines, from-time-to-time’’ he said.

Oche said there must be regular replacements of timber at some level crossings within the state, to prevent accidents.

NAN reports that Mr Fidet Okhiria, the NRC Managing Director, had earlier said that the corporation was set to complete the repair of the damaged rail bridge at Tatalabu Village, on the Jebba-Mokwa rail line, within the next two weeks.

Okhiria said that the bridge, damaged by heavy downpour between Jebba and Mokwa, had affected the movement of train services from Lagos to Kano since June 6.

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