The Lagos State Government on Saturday warned residents not to cross the track of the Blue Rail line, which is set to start entire commercial operations on Monday.
In a statement, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Gboyega Akosile, said the rail line is electrified and crossing it is dangerous. He urged residents to use the overhead bridges provided by the government instead.
“The first phase of the rail line, which extends from Marina to Mile 2, has five stations located in Marina, National Theatre, Iganmu, Alaba, and Orile,” Akosile said. “We urge residents to respect the Blue Rail line regulations horrible situations.”
The Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority General Manager, Abimbola Akinajo, also urged residents to be mindful of the dangers of crossing the Blue Rail line.
“If you want to cross from one side to the other, you must use the overhead bridges,” Akinajo said. “We have put up fences along the alignment of the Blue Rail line to prevent people from crossing it, but some people still cut the fences and cross the track. There is no reason for anyone to cross the track when overhead bridges are available.”
The Lagos State Government has invested heavily in the Blue Rail line, which is expected to ease traffic congestion in the city. The bar is expected to carry up to 500,000 passengers per day.
The government urges residents to use the Blue Rail line safely and responsibly.