Gov Sanwo-Olu Inspects Red Line Rail Project, Reiterates Commitment To Its Completion by December

The Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has assured residents that all the basic Infrastructure on the thirty -seven Kilometres Red Line Rail Project with overpasses from Agbado to Marina will be completed by December this year.

Governor Sanwo-Olu gave the assurance while fielding Questions from newsmen after a tour of the red line rail stations and tracks alongside his Deputy, Dr Obafemi Hamzat, as well as the Managing Director of the Lagos Area Metropolitan Transport Authority, LAMATA, Mrs Abimbola Akinajo and some Cabinet members.

Governor Sanwo-Olu visited Agege, Ikeja, Onipanu-Mushin, Oyingbo and Yaba Train Stations, reassuring residents that passenger operations would commence on schedule.

“What we are doing is to ensure that the infrastructure is completed by December, all stations, all bridges, walkways, pedestrian bridges by December, so that they can start testing, we are hoping that the operation would start within the first quarter of 2023, this is what we promised Lagosians, passenger operations will start before the end of this administration”
he said.

The Governor hinted that plans are on to regenerate the area surrounding the Onipanu-Mushin train station.

He said “Along the rail corridor, there is massive regeneration that is taking place and we have paid extensive amount in terms of compensation, far more than anyone else, for those affected by the construction activities. That is why we don’t have problem with members of the communities on this corridor. After inspecting the Agege station, we went on to check the Ikeja terminal, which happens to be the iconic station of the Red Line. Its size is almost about the size of three football fields together”

The transport infrastructure being developed by LAMATA, will have the capacity to transport over 500,000 passengers daily when it becomes operational in the first quarter of next year.

The Red Line will traverse on standard gauge from Agbado to Oyingbo, in the first phase, while terminating at Iddo in the second phase. It has eight stations and it is expected to reduce travel by over two hours.

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