Aftermath of the postponement of the Lagos Metro Railway which is being funded by the Lagos State Government and the World Bank, the questions on the lips of Nigerians are are we going to abandon the project? Will the construction works stop? What will happen to Nigerians working on the site?
It was earlier reported that the Lagos State Government has announced that its light rail project running between Mile 2 and Marina will now commence passenger operation in 2022.
The mass transit rail project called the Blue Line awarded to China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation had suffered many delays due to paucity of funds and other challenges.
But the state government said that after a comprehensive review of the project, it had approved a roadmap proposed by its consultants to complete the civil infrastructure as well as the operation and maintenance infrastructure needed for the commencement of passenger operation in 2022.
“Following the report, Alstom SA France, who are experienced international railway systems aggregator and rolling stocks manufacturer, with over 100 years of railway experience covering 60 countries, was engaged to review the report of the consultant. Alstom SA agreed with the submission of the consultant that the first phase of the rail project could only become operational in 2022 based on proposed funding pattern,” it stated.
In its bid for investigative reportage, AutoReportNG was able to have access to some ongoing works at the various site, especially the Lagoon Bridge, and we can confirm that work is going on at the Marina axis but at a slow pace. We also got the layout map for the bridge that runs through the Eko Bridge into Marina.
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