Port Hacourt Monorail.

There is no denying it. The South South Nigeria leads the country in the developmemt and application of light rail technology.

The Rivers Monorail project was a well-conceived idea by the Amaechi administration and that it was aimed at boosting the economy of Rivers State and make it the primus destination for business, trade and commerce in the South-South.

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The train is characterized by an innovative design, spacious cabins and is equipped with large size door openings for easy access for passengers with luggage. The modern design of the trains combined with a seamless appearance of the track system integrates the system excellently into the environment. 

 

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The train is characterized by an innovative design, spacious cabins and is equipped with large size door openings for easy access for passengers with luggage. The modern design of the trains combined with a seamless appearance of the track system integrates the system excellently into the environment. 
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Rivers Monorail uses Intamin’s monorail train type P30, an electric driven train especially designed and most suitable for public transport services in cities. 
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The designed maximum speed of the train is 80 km/h. The Port Harcourt Monorail has six coaches and can carry more than 170 passengers per train. 
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The designed maximum speed of the train is 80 km/h. The Port Harcourt Monorail has six coaches and can carry more than 170 passengers per train. 

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The complete scope of work on the Rivers Monorail Project with regards to the assembly and installation works includes the guideway (also called track beams), depot, stations and electrical power rooms.

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Working hoisting the elevated rail tracks into place.
Working hoisting the electric rail tracks into place.

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Workers installing the first train cars of Rivers monorail.
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Workers installing the first train cars of Rivers monorail.

The guideway installation on the Rivers Monorail Project consists of approximately 6.5km double track which are divided up into two phases namely phase 1A and Phase 1B. Phase 1A consists of 2.6km single track from the depot (just south of Lagos bus stop) up to UTC Junction station. Phase 1B consists of 2.6km additional single track between the Depot and UTC Junction station and 3.9km double track from UTC Junction station up to Waterlines Station.

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I took this photo while driving towards the Old GRA axis.
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I took this photo while driving towards the Old GRA axis.

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The Rivers Monorail is to take it all the way to the Port Harcourt International Airport. To achieve this, it was broken down into phases. What we all currently see is phase 1A of the project which is 2.6 km. Phase 1B would take it to Garrison which would bring it to a distance of 6.5km.

The other phases or routes will see it veer off from UTC Junction along Ikwerre Road to UST Rounderbout, Abuja lane, Olu Obasanjo to Waterlines. Another route would continue from Garrison to Waterlines, from Garrison it veers off to Trans-Amadi through Elekahia, Stadium Road and terminate at Air Force Junction. While it also continues from Waterlines along Aba Road to meet at Air Force Junction. From there, it moves to the Airport.

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