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    Tuesday, January 10, 2023

    Blue Line: Lagos Gets Two Coaches, Extends Diversion

    In Lagos State, history has been made with the completion of the 13km Lagos Blue Line Rail Phase 1 scheme (Marina-Mile2) infrastructure, with testing scheduled between last year and first quarter of 2023, when the line will be fully operational.

    The Lagos State Government has said the traffic diversion in place at Muritala Mohammed Way, Yaba has been extended to February to continue the construction of the first phase of the Lagos Rail Mass Transit project.

    This was announced in a statement by the state Commissioner for Transportation, Dr Frederic Oladeinde, on Monday.

    Oladeinde explained that the extension was needed to enable the contractor to complete the construction of the ramp.

    He said, “The Lagos State Government is extending the traffic diversion already in place at Muritala Mohammed Way from the previously extended completion date of December 31, 2022, to February 28, 2023.

    “The traffic on Muritala Mohammed Way will be diverted to the Ojuelegba-Tejuosho slip road to link Muritala Mohammed Way, while traffic circulating Western Avenue, Yaba, and Herbert Macaulay will be diverted to Empire Road to access Muritala Mohammed and Western Avenue for a continued journey as stated previously in the past traffic diversion notices.

    “The construction site will be cordoned off for the safety of the citizens, and emergency vehicles will be on the ground to tow faulty vehicles along the axis. Signages will be placed on the access roads in the presence of the state’s Traffic Management Authority to manage traffic flow and minimise inconveniences.”

    Similarly, the Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, announced that the state has taken delivery of two new train sets for the Blue Line Rail project.

    The governor disclosed this on his Instagram page, where he posted videos and pictures of the new trains on Monday.

    He wrote, “Dear Lagos, we have taken delivery of two new train sets for the Blue Line Rail. These passenger trains have been cleared at the port of entry and moved to the National Theatre station, where they have been lifted onto the elevated rail tracks.

    “I am indeed glad to inform the good people of Lagos that with the arrival of these train sets, we are on course with our plans to change the face of the rail transport system in Lagos State. A greater Lagos is indeed rising.”

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