Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Tuesday unveiled the successful completion of the continuous beam bridge for the sea-crossing of the Lagos Rail Mass Transit Blue Line Project.
The event which took place around Ebute-ero shows the commitment of the Lagos State Government towards the completion of the Blue Line Project.
In his address , Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu said the event is a loud attestation of his administration’s pledge to revive the rail project and ensure that they bring it to completion and passenger operation.
According to him ‘The completion of this project is top priority for our administration, as it is critical to the achievement of our prioritized pillar of traffic management and transportation in our project THEMES development agenda, which is basically to reduce travel time through an effective and efficient inter modal transport system.
‘It is also key to the building of a 21st century economy which is central to the vision of a Greater Lagos.
‘Apart from the Blue Line, we are working very hard to commence the Red Line from Agbado to Marina. We recently advertised four other rail lines for investors to show interest under the design, build, operate, maintain and transfer model of Public-Private-Partnership arrangement. The rail lines are the:
• 68 kilometres – Green Line from Marina through Victoria Island, Lekki Phases 1 and 2, Ajah, Ogombo, Lekki Airport to Lekki Free Trade Zone;
• 60 kilometres – Purple Line from the Redemption Camp going through Ogba, Iyana Ipaja, Igando and terminating at Ojo;
• 34 kilometres – Yellow Line from Otta through Isheri Osun, Ejigbo Mafoluku, Isolo to national Theatre and;
• 48 kilometres – Orange Line from Ikeja coursing through Mile 12, Ikorodu, Alapadi, Eligana, Isiwu, Imota and terminating at Agbowa.’
The rail lines which are being implemented in strict adherence to the State’s Strategic Transport Master Plan; is among other transport projects for six rail lines and one monorail for the long-term strategic goals of the State.
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu also said the Lagos State Government will soon to flag off the construction of eight Quality Bus Corridors in strategic areas of the state. These Quality Bus Corridors is the government’s initiative aimed at giving dedicated road space and traffic signal priority to mass transit buses in order to reduce journey times and improve service consistency.
The aim of the initiative is to encourage people to change from cars to buses and thus reduce traffic congestion.
Also at the event , Managing Director of LAMATA Engineer Abimbola Akinajo said the project is almost 85 percent completion which entails all civil infrastructure from Mile 2 to Marina.