Lagos govt takes delivery of two train sets, extends traffic diversion at Muritala Mohammed Way/Yaba axis, News Live Nigeria reports.
The governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has revealed that the state government has taken delivery of two new train sets for the first phase of the blue line rail project.
Sanwo-Olu disclosed this in a tweet on Monday.
The blue line project is one of the six rail lines and monorails prescribed for Lagos in the state’s strategic transport master plan (STMP). The construction has been divided into phases for ease of implementation and is expected to move more than 500,000 passengers when the entire line is completed.
The first phase is a 13-kilometer stretch from Marina to Mile 2 and has five stations at Mile 2, Suru-Alaba, Orile Iganmu, National Theatre and Marina. It is expected to move about 200,000 passengers daily.
“We have taken delivery of two new train sets for the blue line rail,’ the tweet reads.
“These passenger trains have been cleared at the port of entry, and have been moved to the National Theatre station where they have been lifted onto the elevated rail tracks.
“I am indeed glad to inform the good people of Lagos that with the arrival of these train sets, we’re on course with our plans to change the face of the rail transport system in Lagos state. A greater Lagos is indeed rising.”
Lagos govt extends traffic diversion at Muritala Mohammed Way/Yaba axis
In continuation of the construction of the first phase of the Lagos Rail Mass Transit project, the Lagos State Government has extended the traffic diversion already in place at Muritala Mohammed Way from the previously extended completion date of 31st December, 2022 to 28th February, 2023.
A statement signed by the Commissioner for Transportation, Dr. Frederic Oladeinde explained that the extension was needed to enable the contractor to complete the construction of the ramp.
Highlighting the diversion plan, Oladeinde restated that traffic on Muritala Mohammed way will be diverted to Ojuelegba-Tejuosho slip road to link Muritala Mohammed Way, while traffic circulating Western Avenue, Yaba and Herbert Macaulay will be diverted to Empire road to access Muritala Mohammed and Western Avenue for a continued journey as stated previously in the past traffic diversion notices.
The Commissioner assured that the construction site would be cordoned off for the safety of the citizenry, adding that emergency vehicles will beavailable to tow faulty vehicles along the axis. He also stated that signages will be placed on the access roads while personnel of the State’s Traffic Management Authority would be deployed to manage traffic flow and minimise inconveniences to road users.
He reiterated the commitment of the State Government to the development of transport infrastructure within the metropolis, maintaining that it is vital for the Multi-Modal Transportation System of the State Government which will boost the citizens’ economic activities.
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