Lagos Rail Projects To Commence Activities In 2022- Dr. Oladeinde

Lagos Rail Projects To Commence Activities In 2022- Dr. Oladeinde

Oluwafemi Fasoyin, Lagos

The Lagos State Rail projects is expected to commence passenger operations by the second quarter of the year 2022.

The Lagos State Commissioner for Transportation, Dr. Frederic Oladeinde assured citizens.

The Commissioner at the Ministerial Press Briefing in commemoration of the One-Year Anniversary of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu said that the state will transform into a Smart City that is safe, secure, functional and productive, through the establishment of a reliable inter-modal transportation system.

He also disclosed that the Blue and Red Lines Rail projects remain the flagship transport developments of the government, noting that the first phase of the Red Line, Alagbado to Oyingbo and the section of the Blue Line from Marina to Mile 2 is expected to commence passenger operations by the second quarter of the year 2022.

The State Government’s commitment to public transportation is anchored on an integrated system to harness the transport sector value chain, he disclosed.

He added that in other to boost transportation system, the state is currently evaluating bids for four other Rail Lines namely: the 68-kilometre Green Line from Marina to Lekki Free Zone; 60-kilometre Purple Line from Redemption Camp to Ojo; 34-kilometre Yellow Line from Otta to National Theatre; and the 48-kilometre Orange Line from Ikeja to Agbowa.

Oladeinde disclosed that 15 brand new vehicles, 30 motorbikes, and 10 drones were handed over to the Traffic Enforcement Teams in order to reduce traffic congestion and improve safety on roads.

After that, 1,000 trained Officers were deployed into active service of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), the extension of their closing time from 7.00 pm to 11.00 pm daily, and the 100% increment of their hazard allowance have renewed the traffic management capacity, he said.

He further disclosed that the ongoing reconfiguration of Lekki 1st/2nd Roundabouts, Abraham Adesanya, Allen Avenue, Ikotun and Maryland will also increase vehicular capacity. 

However the remodelled version of the improvement works will not only accommodate synchronised signalisation, but would also separate streams of traffic and reduce congestion to the barest minimum”, he said

Lately, an additional 165 buses to Lagos Bus Service Limited, LBSL, as been deployed thereby increasing their fleet to 215 buses to reduce transit issues and traffic.

Speaking further, he declared that the acquisition of eight new boats for the Lagos State Ferry Services (LAGFERRY) to support the existing six in operation has significantly improved the capacity of water transportation in the State, as LAGFERRY now commutes an average of 800 passengers per day on all the designated routes.

He also mentioned that the present administration has activated the Badore-Ajah Ferry Terminal in Eti-Osa Local Government to increase water transportation routes.

In conclusion, he urged Lagos residents and transport operators to comply with the safety guidelines provided to curb further spread of COVID-19 in the State.

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