By Clifford Ndujihe
LAGOS â€”TO ease movement on toll plazas along the 49.4 kilometre Lekki-Epe Expressway, the Lekki Concession Company Ltd, LCC, yesterday, issued a user guide for motorists.
The 17- page document provides that there would be four categories of users and five classes of vehicles. There are also four lanes: eTag Dedicated Express lane, SwiftPass Plus lane, Mixed lane and Open lane as well as three methods of paying tolls: eTag Electronic Payment device, SwiftPass Electronic Contactless card, and Cash.
There would be three toll plazas-Admiralty Circle Plaza (km 3), Conservation Plaza (km13) and Campus Plaza (km 23).
LCC Managing Director, Mr. Opuiyo Oforiokuma told Vanguard that tolling was precedent on the fulfilment of certain conditions in the agreement the LCC signed with the Lagos State Government.
He said that for tolling to commence at the Admiralty Circle Plaza, which is the first toll plaza, section one of the road works (km 0-6, expansion of ExxonMobil Bridge; and the first Toll Plaza Complex, must be completed; adding that the public would be given a two-week notice of the toll tariffs.
The project is in two phases. While the first phase includes rehabilitation and upgrading of the existing road and construction of a new road along the 49.4 kilometre highway, the second phase includes construction of a 20-kilometre Coastal Road. The two roads are designed to be tolled.
LCC said toll fees at each plaza varied according to vehicle classification, noting that price incentive offered reflected the payment methods used and customer usage patterns like frequent user incentive and public transport discount.
The users exempted from tolling are members of the Armed forces, Fire service, PHCN, LASAMBUS, LSWC, LASTMA, etc; while the toll paying categories consist of commercial users (mass transit buses), frequent users and regular user.
The eTag is the cheapest and fastest form of passage on the highway.
Oforiokuma said the guide was to ensure that road users benefit from improved convenience, journey times and safety, in comparison to the situation subsisting before the LCCâ€™s concession.
He encouraged members of the public to access the companyâ€™s toll free help lines: 080-CALL-LCC and 08002255522, for more information.