The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has flagged off the development of the 37-km Rail Mass Transit Red Line, which is able to traverse from Agbado to Marina, shifting over 1 million commuters every day.
This is because the state began the compensation of recognized project-affected individuals of the Lagos Rail Mass Transit Red Line venture with the Governor handing over cheques to displaced property house owners who had been affected by the right-of-way.
The groundbreaking ceremony which took place on the Ikeja Train Station on Thursday was witnessed by the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, who was represented by the Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr Bashir Jamoh, and the Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Dr Obafemi Hamzat.
What the Lagos State Governor is saying
Sanwo-Olu mentioned the Red Line venture which is to be absolutely operational within the final quarter of 2022 with 8 prepare stations from Agbado to Oyingbo, is one other initiative of his administration to ship enduring infrastructure for the transport system and make Lagos a aggressive megacity.
The Governor mentioned: “Today’s flag-off of the construction of infrastructure for the standard gauge Red Line is another promise kept and it demonstrates, in practical terms, our commitment to achieve the objectives of traffic management and transportation pillar in our development agenda. This is because we recognise the role which an efficient transportation system plays in enhancing people’s quality of life and as a major driver of socio-economic development.
The State’s Strategic Transport Master Plan, which encompasses a number of projects that are germane to achieving our vision for a Greater Lagos, is founded on imperatives that seek to increase transport choices for all users and make the transit system integrated, attractive, convenient, affordable and accessible.
Since efficient transportation is the backbone of any economy, we are happy to be committing this investment in our transport infrastructure, so that our people can meet their daily targets and aspirations. This all-important transport project we are all gathered to witness today represents a major step in this direction.”
Sanwo-Olu mentioned that so as to facilitate clean operations of the Red Line, the State Government can be developing ancillary infrastructure, together with 6 overpasses at strategic stage crossing factors alongside the rail hall to remove interactions between the rail system, vehicular and pedestrian visitors.
The overpasses will present grade-separated crossings that may improve security for the rail system and street customers.
He mentioned: “The unique characteristics of the Red Line is its integration with the Ikeja Bus Terminal, Oshodi–Abule Egba Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) lane, the future Orange Line, which goes from Ikeja to Agbowa, and the General Aviation Terminal One of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport through a skywalk.
Another unique feature of the Red Line is that all the stations have elevated concourses with either at grade island or side platforms for easy boarding and alighting of passengers. The Red Line also integrates with our Bus Terminals at Oyingbo, Yaba, Oshodi, Ikeja and Iju, giving modal options to our people in their daily commute, either for business or leisure.”
The Governor offered cheques of various quantities as compensation to 25 residents whose properties, companies and lodging shall be affected by the venture. Over 263 properties are affected with lots of the property house owners and tenants smiling as they bought their cheques.
What it’s best to know
- The Red Line is a part of the state authorities’s imaginative and prescient of an built-in multimodal transportation system contained within the State’s Strategic Transport Master Plan (STMP), developed by LAMATA, which goals in the end to beginning a world-class transportation community that may help the state’s profile, because the financial capital of Nigeria and Africa.
- It is to lift mass transportation capability within the State, complementing the Blue Line that traverses from Okokomaiko to Marina.
- The rail hall shall be constructed in three phases. The first part (Agbado-Iddo), which shall be accomplished in 24 months, shall be sharing the observe with the Federal Government’s Lagos-Ibadan Railway Modernisation Project as much as Ebute – Metta and could have its devoted observe from Ebute – Metta to Oyingbo and cut back journey time from about two and a half hours to only 35 minutes.