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 Nigeria Needs Efficient Train Service

Efficient and Affordable Integrated Train Service Will Help Usher in Travel & Tourism Boom to Nigeria

At the moment there is no denying the fact that there is no train service in Nigeria, or what you would consider to be a scheduled train service anywhere in Nigeria, that’s worth considering.

For some of us that have the privilege of travelling the world and using efficient train services in different countries like England, France, Germany, Japan even China, No body in Nigeria should really talk about train service, unless if you're ready to cause delays and hardship for yourself.

Maybe one day in future the Government of Nigeria will understand the importance of Train Service, in terms of mass movement of people and goods, especially in a country like Nigeria where the roads are so bad.

A Good Train Rail service, well connected to all the cities will be life changing for people in Nigeria, will reduce congestion and a lot of road accidents.

Large cities such as Lagos would benefit from a railway System and encourage more holiday makers to visit, Hotels in Lagos would be better connected to the Airport making transfer for visitors to all parts of Lagos faster and more efficient

An integrated, efficient train service that is well maintained and affordable for average Nigerians and visitors will open up the country for a boom in Travel, Tourism, business and change the lives of every Nigerian living in Nigeria. More Hotels and Holiday resorts like Tinapa Calabar in Cross River State would be developed in many other cities giving holiday makers and sun worshipers from Europe, America and many other Western Countries to visit Nigeria just like South Africa.

International travellers and tourists would not mind travelling on efficient, clean trains within Nigeria, because trains get you easily from point A to B, most people are well in the knowledge that you can’t go missing in a train. People that would not normally take a long distance public transport like bus in a place like Nigeria, would use a train service and this would help soften the image of Nigeria as a safe place to travel.

It’s easy to understand how and why a train network would be an amazing achievement for a country the size of Nigeria with very large population, with lots of cities, it would make areas far from each other easily accessible, the journey of about 540 Kilometres on a straight line from Lagos to Abuja that would have taken almost a day by road or have to take a plane would be cut to matter of a few hours.

Trains would not only encourage tourism and foreign business investors, but also they would alleviate the pressure on over crowded cities and roads and make the outer less populated areas only a few minutes away allowing people to have more space, better houses, schools and lives while at the same time having easy access to commute to all parts of Nigeria.

Example, somebody in Abeokuta or Ibadan could easily go to work in Lagos, that would be a comfortable, convenient and affordable journey on a train of about half an hour or 45 minutes.

This idea of commuting to work and using trains for long distance travel is highly used in every developed country and city, people who work in London for example can live in a nice house in Kent or Oxford and travel 30-45 minutes to work and not think twice about it.

In Europe people can even live in one country and work in another, for example a person could live in Belgium and take a 30 minute train ride and work in Luxemburg City or somewhere in Germany .

Trains are one of the major infrastructure that transforms a country into an economic powerhouse, Tourism can thrive as visitors can easily travel round the cities instead of sitting in traffic, businesses can move goods quickly and efficiently from factories to shops or wholesalers, and Nigerians will have the ability to move quickly between cities and at an affordable cost, opening more opportunities in every aspect of their lives

When people look at Nigeria, they think that a distance from Lagos to Port Harcourt or Kano to Onitsha is such a far distance to travel, but when you introduce fast and efficient train travel, you discover, that the distance is not that much at all.

If China can move millions of people and good from cities like Shanghai to Guangzhou about a thousand kilometres or more away daily, in a couple of hours, you can see that high speed train would do wonders for people in Nigeria.

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