Abuja Light Rail

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Abuja Light Rail is an under construction project to build a light rail transport system in Abuja in Nigeria.

President Olusegun Obasanjo performed the official groundbreaking in May 2007.[1] The project was originally linked to the city's bid to host the Commonwealth Games in 2014.[2]


The light rail network is expected to link Abuja with satellite towns such as Nyanya, Kubwa, Mararaba and Lugbe.

A construction contract was awarded to China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation, but as of November 2010, they were still awaiting payment from government.[3] Rails will be imported; sleepers are being produced locally.

As of July 2013, the project is still only 27% complete, with a targeted completion date of 2015.[4]

Planned network[edit]

Initially, diesel rolling stock will be used; electrification will be undertaken when electricity supplies are more reliable.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Nigeria: Obasanjo Flags Off $841m Abuja Railway Project". allAfrica. May 8, 2007. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  2. ^ "Abuja 2014 Commonwealth Games Bid – New Sponsor, Railway". GamesBids.com. May 8, 2007. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  3. ^ a b "COMMUTER AND LIGHT RAIL IN ABUJA". Railways Africa. November 19, 2010. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  4. ^ "ABUJA LIGHT RAIL CONTRACT". Railways Africa. July 30, 2013. Retrieved 2014-03-02.