By Theodore Opara
The Lagos State Government has approved Marina and Mile 2 as a hub of its planned intermodal integration service involving rail, water and road transport services.
The Acting Commissioner for Transportation, Anofi Elegushi, said a road to carry traffic from under the bridge of Mile 2 to Marina would be constructed to ease traffic along the axis.
The commissioner spoke in Lagos recently at the annual ministerial briefing held at the Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre Alausa, adding that the intermodal project would be executed with the World Bank facility through the Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority, with the support of the Nigerian Ports Authority.
He also promised that the enforcement agencies of the government would continue to ensure free flow of traffic even as he stressed that errant officers would be punished in line with the laws of the service.
Elegushi warned members of the public not to attack any of the state’s enforcement officials, noting that the Road Traffic Law 2012 schedule 1 listed such offence as punishable with a fine of N100,000 or a three-year imprisonment or both. He said that the state government was looking to purchase ferries to promote water travel and tourism.
The commissioner also spoke on the impact of lay-bys, stressing that a travel time of 45 minutes was envisaged on the completion of the twin Ketu lay-bys.
On efforts to improve the traffic situation in Lagos, Elegushi said, ‘’We have adopted various engineering solutions along with improving the traditional methods by which traffic will be measured,” adding that the introduction of lay-bys had reduced travel time along the Ojodu Berger-Obalende axis to about 20 minutes.
He added that seven of such facility had been constructed even as he hinted of plans to build two others along Ikorodu-Ketu road.