Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Lagos Rail Mass Transit at Orile Iganmu to be completed in June

Governor of Lagos state, Babatunde Fashola said that the first phase of the Lagos light rail  mass transit(Blue line) covering Okokomaiko, Mile 2, Orile, Iganmu and Marina will be completed by June this year.

first phase of Lagos light rail project to be completed in June

Fashola made the statement while inspecting the light rail construction and other on-going projects in the state on Tuesday.
Speaking at the Iganmu Light Rail Station where he also inspected the tracks already laid for the rail and the coach engine positioned, Fashola said while the first phase of the project would be ready in June, work on the rail would continue to Okokomaiko even as the expansion of the Lagos Badagry Expressway continues.

He told newsmen, “You know we have the two projects linked together, the road expansion and the Light Rail simultaneously. And now we are trying to see how we can take the Rail from the National Theatre to Marina. Hopefully, when that is done, we can heave a sigh of relief. Though there is still work to be done, but so far so good”.
Lagos light rail blue line routes

“This is what we do with the money which we borrow; we do not borrow money to pay salaries, we don’t borrow money to run our overhead. We are investing it in infrastructure. This is the type of transportation that I dream for this country; this is the type of transportation that I dream for this State and not mass transportation by motorcycles”, the Governor said.

Noting that China opened what is, perhaps, the fastest high speed rail in the world that covers about 300 kilometres per hour, Governor Fashola declared, “Why can’t that happen here? It is really no rocket science, if we can’t invent it, we can buy it and that is what we are doing. We are buying facilities to have it installed here”.

Lagos light rail is being sponsored by Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA) and will consist of seven lines.


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