The Marina-Mile 2 rail project by the Lagos State will be ready by 2022, the state government has assured.
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The Commissioner for Transport, Lagos State, Mr. Frederic Oladeinde, made this assurance during a round table with newsmen .
He said the state government has already entered into partnership with the federal government to ensure the project is delivered on time.
According to him, rail project was one of the ways to diversify mode of transportation in the state.
The Commissioner said, “From Mile 2 to Marina takes about two hours right now, by the time we implement that, it will take 30 minutes.
“The Red Line is also a very important project which this government has embarked on. It’s very important because that corridor caters for about a million trips and with the fact that the federal government is building that corridor to actually develop the Lagos-Ibadan rail line, the Lagos state government saw the advantage in collaborating with the federal government in sharing that corridor.
“And so we have signed the sharing agreement, all negotiations have been done, the Lagos state government will be adding some more stations. The federal government is developing three stations, that’s Ebute Metta, Iju, and Agbado.
“Lagos state will be incorporating Oyingbo, Ikeja, Yaba, and some other stations just to be sure we are able to move people from Agbado to Oyingbo in 30-35 minutes rather than the 2-4 hours that people are experiencing right now.
“And once that Red Line is completed, it will be able to cater for 450,000 passengers per day.
“That line will eventually end up in Marina, but the first stage is to develop Agbado-Oyingbo section”.
He added that the state government welcomes any private operator interested in investing in investing in Green Line (Marina to Lekki Free Trade Zone), Orange Line (Ikeja to Agbowa), Yellow Line (Ota to National Theatre) and Purple Line (Redeemed to LASU) .
In the case of Ikoyi and Victoria Island, he said a monorail would be constructed to take care of transport need in the areas.
He said that the projects will lead to demolition of more roundabouts and junctions to address traffic congestion.
He added, “You will discover that most of our roundabouts are now bottlenecks, rather than solving problems they are now creating problems.
“What the current administration has done is to locate all the 60 gridlock points, that is the roundabouts and junctions that are causing problems and what we are doing is to reconfigure most of them”.