President Tinubu commission 37km Red Line Rail Project in Lagos

On Thursday, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu inaugurated the 37-kilometer Lagos red line rail project.

The Red Line rail project is a 37-kilometer north-south rail line that will connect Agbado in Ogun state to Marina through 13 stations: Agbado, Iju, Agege, Ikeja, MMIA International, MMIA Domestic, Oshodi, Mushin, Yaba, Ebute meta, Iddo, Ebute Ero, and Marina.

It is expected to allow 37 journeys each day, transporting approximately 500,000 passengers.

Unlike the Blue Line, which is powered by electricity, the Red Line will use diesel technology known as a Diesel Multiple Unit (DMU). The Blue Line was inaugurated on September 4, 2023.

The Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA) manages the rail system.

The initial cost estimate for the Red Line project was $135 million as part of the Greater Lagos Urban Transportation Project.

However, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu disclosed that the combined Blue and Red Lines would cost more than N100 billion. The project’s construction was undertaken by China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC).

The concept of creating fast transit in Lagos state dates back to 1983, when Alhaji Lateef Jakande developed the Lagos Metroline network during the Second Nigerian Republic. Muhammadu Buhari cancelled the original Metroline project in 1985, resulting in a loss of nearly $78 million to taxpayers.

However, in 2003, then-Governor Bola Tinubu restarted Lagos State’s rail network with a formal announcement of its development.

Following the commissioning, Tinubu will depart Lagos for a two-day official visit to the State of Qatar, at the request of His Highness, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Emir of Qatar.

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