The Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC) has said that all illegal level crossings within its Lagos District would soon be blocked, to stem incessant accidents. According to Mr Jerry Oche, the NRC’s District Manager for Lagos said that efforts have been put in place to block all the illegal level crossings in Lagos, to enhance safety.
Oche said there were only 26 legal level crossings within the district, adding that the illegal crossings affects the operations of the NRC and was responsible for increased accidents in some places. “We only have 26 level crossings in Lagos State, from Ebute Meta here to Ifo Junction (FOJ).
“But if you have taken a train ride around these places, you will discover more than 26 level crossings. In fact, the number of illegal crossings created by people in various areas triples that of the authorized ones. So what we intend to do is to block the illegal ones because they are another cause of accidents between motorists and our trains’’
According to him, the rate of accidents has reduced drastically recently, while the corporation maintains the same number of frequencies daily.
The Lagos Railway District Manager said recently that proactive measures had been put in place to prevent accidents on rail tracks during the rainy season.