Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has assured that the fourth quarter of 2022 completion time of the Red and Blue line rail projects in the State remains on course.
The governor gave this assurance on Monday during an inspection tour of Blue and Red Rail line projects at Ikeja, Yaba, Ebute Metta, and Marina Stations.
Governor Sanwo-Olu expressed satisfaction with the pace of work at the stations, noting that the contractors were on course and hoped that they would round up works on the Blue and Red line rails according to the schedule for commercial activities this year.
“Our promise on the blue and the red line is still on course. We believe that, by coming on a quarterly basis to supervise them, we would ensure that before the end of this year, we will see the trains on top of the tracks. That is our commitment and we will begin to monitor and check ourselves.
“It is a very iconic and landmark project that we are truly proud of. On behalf of the government, I want to commend all of our contractors because they are very committed. They have assured us that whatever it takes, they will complete all of the projects on schedule and on budget,” the governor said.
He said the inspection tour of the Blue and Red line rail project stations with regards to the promise made by his administration to monitor the pace of works in the areas on a quarterly basis.
He also promised to intensify supervision and monitoring of the projects quarterly to facilitate speedy completion, also commended the contractors for keeping up with the timeline at the stations visited, considering improvements at the sites of the projects.
“We embarked on this similar tour about three or four months ago and we did mention that we would be doing it every quarter so that we can see how far the constructions are going. As we all have seen, I am happy to report that the construction is going on according to schedule. All the contractors are here even today not being a working day, they are all on-site working,” the governor told journalists who were with him during the tour to the four stations.
The Red and Blue line rail is part of the intermodal transportation system of the Babajide Sanwo-Olu administration in reducing gridlock and ensuring interconnectivity in different parts of the state.
When completed, the 37 kilometres Red Line Rail Project will link Agbado to Marina, while the 27.5 kilometres Blue line Rail Project will run from Okokomaiko to Marina.
Governor Sanwo-Olu also disclosed the plan by the State Government to relocate the Market around the Train Station at Yaba as the government is engaging the concerned stakeholders on how best to relocate traders to another place.