Lagos to begin operations on rail transport system

Lagos Rail

The Lagos state government has announced that it is set to begin commercial operations on the Lagos light rail as a test run of the trains has been scheduled in the near future.

Dr. Dayo Mobereola, Managing Director of the Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA) said the work might start in the next two months on the light train as the project is 95 per cent completed.

Mobereola said work on the first phase of the 27km Blue line, from Okokomaiko to Marina, is ongoing with the Mile 2 to National Theatre (a distance of seven kilometres 95 per cent completed).

The second phase he said is from National Theatre to Marina, which is five kilometres is ongoing.

The Nation quotes him saying: “The stations and terminus at all our various train stations are already completed. Soon, we would start to test run the signaling, the rail tracks and the joints in preparation for the deployment of the rolling stocks for full commercial activities.”

Mobereola, however, said government would soon announce the commencement date for the flag-off of commercial light rail service in the state.

Meanwhile before the elections President Goodluck Jonathan revealed that the people of Lagos now enjoy train rides in air-conditioned coaches which his administration had commissioned.

This claims were later rejected by the All Progressive Party, APC and the Governor of Lagos state government as false.

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