Ahead of his inauguration for a second term in office, Lagos State governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN), has pressed forward to continue work on the state’s light rail programme as he undertook a pre-shipment inspection of the trains in Canada to be used by Ekorail, the operators of the programme.
The 27 kilometre light metro rail line, christened Blue Line, will run from Okokomaiko in the west of Lagos to CMS in Central Lagos and is expected to provide alternative transportation for thousands of commuters moving from the western axis of the city to the city centre everyday.
Already substantial work has begun on the project between the National Theatre in Iganmu and Mile 2.
According to a recent 2011 monthly progress report on the project, all the columns for the concourse at the Lagos end of the Rail line have been completely cast to the Alaba station’s elevated level with the concretes currently being cured while the superstructure work on the station is in progress.
The rail project, according to the report, will increase economic activities along the corridor, reduce traffic congestion and vehicular emission since owners would be encouraged to drop their vehicles and use public transport.