• Friday, July 12, 2024
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LAMATA, AFD Break Ground on Mile 2/Marina Interchange Hubs

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The Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA) in partnership with Agence Française de Développement (AFD) has performed the groundbreaking ceremony of the Mile 2 and Marina Interchange Hubs. These landmark projects signify a significant step forward in the transformation of Lagos’ transportation infrastructure.

The Interchange Hubs are designed to be a central nexus for various modes of transportation, enhancing connectivity and reducing travel time for Lagos residents. This strategic initiative is part of the broader Lagos State Transport Master Plan aimed at creating a seamless and efficient transport network across the state.

From Left to Right Task Team Leader AFD, David Margonsztern, Managing Director, STEP Development Limited, Engr. (Mrs) Adunola Mary Oseni, Managing Director, Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA) Engr. Abimbola Akinajo. , Lagos State Commissioner Transportation Mr. Oluwaseun Osiyemi, Country Director AFD, Xavier Muron, Director Rail Transport LAMATA, Mr. Olasunkanmi Okusaga, Project Manager AFD Lagos office, Antoine Le Bihan, Assistant Chief Officer, Federal Ministry of Finance Mr. Soji Kayode

Speaking at the ceremony, Oluwaseun Osiyemi, Honourable Commissioner for Transportation, Lagos State Government, emphasized the importance of the project: “The Interchange Hubs are a testament to our commitment to transforming Lagos into a world-class megacity. This project will not only enhance connectivity but also reduce travel time, thus improving the quality of life for millions of residents.”

Xavier Muron, AFD’s Country Director in Nigeria, also expressed his enthusiasm: “This collaboration between AFD and LAMATA marks a significant milestone in our efforts to support sustainable urban development in Lagos. We are proud to be part of this transformative journey.”
He noted that the project is dear to the AFD as the movement of people across the city effectively is an important sustainable goal. He explained that it is all about managing the last mile by connecting all the modes of transportation in Lagos. “The expectation is to have millions crossing these hubs daily. This is a real game-changer in Lagos”, he added.

Engr. Abimbola Akinajo, Managing Director of LAMATA, thanked the consultants on the project for their commitment, noting that the agency is eager to return for the commissioning ceremony in 15 months.

The Interchange Hubs will integrate multiple modes of transport, including buses, BRT, and rail services, facilitating smooth and efficient transit for commuters. They will be equipped with modern amenities, offering convenience and comfort, and ensuring a superior travel experience.
By improving transport links, the hubs are expected to stimulate local economies, attract investments, and create job opportunities. The project aligns with sustainable development goals, promoting the use of public transport and reducing carbon emissions.

The Interchange Hubs, expected to be completed in 15 months, will set a new standard for public transportation infrastructure in Nigeria.

About LAMATA

The Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA) is a governmental body responsible for coordinating public transportation in Lagos State. LAMATA aims to implement and maintain a sustainable and efficient public transport system, ensuring improved mobility for all Lagos residents.

About AFD

Agence Française de Développement (AFD) is a public financial institution that implements France’s policy in the areas of development and international solidarity. AFD finances and supports projects that improve living conditions, promote economic growth, and protect the planet.