Africa: Lagos committed to Blue Line Rail as State Completes Sea-Crossing Track
The integrated mass transportation initiative of the Lagos State Government has recorded huge progress with the successful completion of an elevated sea-crossing track of the Lagos Blue Line Rail Mass Transit project.
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Tuesday, led members of the State Executive Council to inspect the five-kilometer long Continuous Beam Bridge constructed from Iganmu to Marina, which is part of the fourth phase of the Blue Line Rail project. The ceremony also marked the commencement of construction activities on the final phase of the Blue Line rail project, which the Governor promised to complete next year.
Sanwo-Olu said the completion of the sea-crossing track indicated his administration’s commitment towards completing the State-funded rail project started in 2009.
The aim of this rail project is basically to reduce the travel time through an effective and efficient intermodal transport system. The construction of the Blue Line rail tracks, Sanwo-Olu noted, was being implemented in strict adherence to the State’s Strategic Transport Master Plan, which prescribes six rail lines and one monorail for the long-term strategic goals of the State.
Apart from the Blue Line, the Governor disclosed that his administration would be starting the construction of the Red Line rail project from Agbado to Marina. He pointed out that advertisement had been published in the media to invite investors for the construction of four other rail lines under a Design, Build, Operate, Maintain and Transfer model of Public-Private-Partnership arrangement. According to the Governor, the advertised rail projects include the 68-kilometer Green Line, 60-kilometre Purple Line, 34-kilometre Yellow Line, and 48-kilometre Orange Line.
The Government will also start the construction of eight quality bus corridors in strategic areas of Lagos, aimed at giving dedicated road space and traffic signal priority to mass transit buses in order to improve service consistency. The aim of the initiative is to encourage people to change from cars to buses and thus reducing traffic congestion. The Governor congratulated the Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA) and the contractor, China Civil Engineering Construction Company (CCECC) for the progress, urging them to complete the Blue Line rail project on record time.
By Olusegun Akinleye