After Previous Botched Attempts, Lagos Governor, Sanwo-Olu Says Blue, Red Rail Lines Will Commence Operations Before Year End

By Benjamin Omoike 

Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Monday said the much-awaited Blue and Red Lines’ trains are to commence operation before the end of 2022.

The Governor took a tour round the train project from Ikeja, where the Red Line begins, to Yaba, Ebute Meta and finally to Marina, which ends the Blue Line.

The Blue Line is designed to commence from Okokomiko to Marina, while the Red Line begins from Agbado to Marina.

Despite the public holiday, Governor Sanwo-Olu, along with his entourage, conducted an inspection tour round the project that lasted more than three hours.

Speaking with journalists shortly after the tour, Sanwo-Olu explained that the monitoring of the project would be done on quarterly basis, so as to fast-track the construction.

He commended the contractors for working as scheduled, noting that work on the project should be delivered as promised.

The Governor said, “Our promise is on course, we are believing before the end of this year, we will see trains ontop of these tracks. That is our commitment but we will continue to monitor and check ourselves.

“In the last three and a half hours we have gone round to see the constructions ongoing between the Red Line and Blue Line.

“You will recall we have embarked on this trip at three or four months ago. We have promised that we will be doing it every quarter so that we can see how contractors are doing.

“I’m happy to report as you all have seen that the constructions are going on as scheduled. Despite today being a public holiday, all the contractors are on sites.

“You can see where we are coming from, the Ikeja iconic station whcih will be the most iconic for Red Line, almost the same size like that of Marina. We were able to see that the last time, they were just at the foundation level but they are now in the second floor before they will get to the fourth floor which will be the final.

“There will be an overpass at Awolowo Way to Agege Motor Road. Everything is on course and we are hoping especially the bridge components will be finished before schedule because of the impacts of the traffic on the motorists around the corridor.

“At Yaba, we wanted to make a detour into Mushin but because of the logistics of how to get into Mushin station, noting  there will be an overpass and a station also at Mushin.

“At Yaba, the last time we were there, they were still excavating but right now they are working to go to the second floor. You also saw the beams and they have been given a marching order to keep to timeline.

“At Ebute Meta, there will be an overpass from Muritala Mohammed Road upto Apapa Road. They are launching the columns, the station is far ahead because they have completed the station.

“At the Marina Station is the most iconic for the Blue Line. All the beams are to be launched. We have had precast beams stored at the national Art Theatre within six weeks, they should complete the launching.”

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