- The Lagos state government has disclosed that its light rail project will finally commence passenger operations in 2022
- Consultants engaged by the government arrived at the date following a technical review of the project
- The rail project had suffered many delays due to paucity of funds and other challenges
The Lagos state government on Sunday, August 12, announced that its light rail project called the Blue Line, running between Mile 2 and Marina will commence passenger operations in 2022.
The disclosure was made by the assistant director, corporate communications at the Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA), Kolawole Ojelabi, Punch reports.
NAIJ.com gathers that Ojelabi said that following a technical review, consultants engaged by the state government had disclosed that operations of the first phase could only commence in 2022.
He said: “Following the report, Alstom SA France, an experienced international railway systems aggregator and rolling stocks manufacturer, with over 100 years of railway experience covering 60 countries, was engaged to review the report of the consultant.
“Alstom SA agreed with the submission of the consultant that the first phase of the rail project could only become operational in 2022, based on the proposed funding pattern.”
The Blue Line, which was awarded to the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation, had suffered many delays due to paucity of funds and other challenges.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that Rotimi Amaechi, Nigeria’s transport minister, visited Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos, revealing that work on the Apapa corridor of the Lagos-Ibadan rail project would commence soon.
Amaechi spoke to journalists after a strategic meeting with Ambode and his team at the Lagos House in Alausa, Ikeja, saying it was gratifying to report that contractors would move to site to continue the rail project from Apapa as part of efforts to bring about a permanent solution to the perennial traffic gridlock in the axis.
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