Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has directed the contractor handling the multi-million dollar Red Rail Line project to deliver the job by December 2023.
Sanwo-Olu announced on Wednesday during an inspection tour of the project, which is part of his administration’s efforts to improve transportation in the congested megacity.
The Red Line will run for 37 kilometers from Agbado to Marina, with 13 stations along the way. It is expected to carry up to 1,000 passengers per ride when fully operational.
Sanwo-Olu also announced that the Yaba and Ikeja-Along Flyovers, components of the Red Rail Line project, will be opened to vehicular movement in October 2023.
However, the governor warned traders along the Agege rail line to vacate within two days or be forced to do so. He said the government would no longer tolerate people trading in places where they are not supposed to.
The Red Line is expected to be a major boost for transportation in Lagos, which is home to over 20 million people. The city is notorious for its traffic congestion, which can make it difficult and time-consuming to get around.
The new rail line will provide a fast and efficient way for commuters to travel between different parts of the city. It is also expected to help reduce traffic congestion and pollution.
In addition to the Red Line, Sanwo-Olu’s administration is also working on other transportation projects, such as the Blue Line, which is already operational. The government is also planning to build a network of light rail lines across the city.
The governor’s focus on transportation is seen as a key part of his plan to make Lagos a more livable and sustainable city.