The Lagos government said it will deliver a functioning and efficient rail line between Agbado and Oyingbo corridor by 2022, as the state flagged off the construction of a blue line rail.
Governor Bababjide Sanwo-Olu, who performed the flag off said the construction of infrastructure for the standard gauge that shares tracks with the Lagos-Ibadan Railway Modernisation Projects and whose implementation started is divided into two phases.
“The Red Line is a 37-kilometre railroad with 12 proposed stations. The first phase will cover Oyingbo to Agbado with nine stations. Three of the stations will be constructed with the Lagos-Ibadan Railway Modernisation Projects by the Federal Government at Agbado, Agege, and Ebute Metta Junction.
The remaining six would be constructed as independent stations at Iju, Ikeja, Oshodi, Mushin, Yaba, and Oyingbo.
The phase two, which would be mostly elevated, would have stations at Iddo and Ebute-Ero before terminating at Marina where a huge interchange is planned to manage commuters on the Red, Green, and Blue rail lines’ BRT buses and those using the waterways.”
Sanwo-Olu said his administration was committed to renewing infrastructure, building new ones, and improving facilities for an efficient and integrated transportation system.
“This plan is founded on a number of imperatives which includes increasing transport choices for all users, making the transit system integrated, attractive, convenient, affordable and accessible.
Stated that the project is also designed to reduce “urban transportation-induced emissions, optimising usage of the current road network, integrating land use development (urban physical planning) and urban transport planning and securing long-term financing of the investment plan.
“Our choices for an integrated transportation system are very clear. We would continue to search for every available means of funding for our transport infrastructure to ensure that by 2022, we would have two rail lines operational and initiate the construction of another two more lines in partnership with the private sector.”