Lagos Set To Begin Second Light Rail Project

The Lagos State Government has begun talks with the preferred bidder of second light rail line, a 32km Agbado-Marine rail, known as the red line.

This followed the advanced work already attained on the first line, a 27km Okokomaiko-Marina (blue line), being constructed by the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation.

The Director- General, Public Private Partnerships, Lagos State, Mr. Ayo Gbeleyi, made this known during an interactive session with a Japanese trade mission to the state.

A statement by the PPP office on Friday also reported the director-general to have expressed the commitment of the state government to the provision of public infrastructure.

He said negotiation was ongoing with the firm, which he did not name, on the development of the 32km light rail metro transportation (red line).

Gbeleyi said the contract would cover the provision of rolling stocks as well as the operation and maintenance of the line when commercial closure was eventually attained.

Gbeleyi, who is also a special adviser to the state governor, said the project would considerably ease traffic congestion in Lagos metropolis when fully on-stream.

According to him, an average of 400,000 passengers would be conveyed daily.

“Also, the project is expected to generate over 8,000 jobs through direct and indirect employment opportunities,” he added.

According to him, construction work is rapidly progressing on 27km blue line (from Okokomaiko to Marina), with construction works on the first Phase from National Theatre to Mile 2, while the contract for the construction of the second phase from Mile 2 to Okokomaiko has been awarded to CCECC.

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By Adeyemi Olalemi Posted in politics

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