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Sanwo-Olu announces commencement of passenger travel on Red Line by Jan 2023

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If all goes as planned, then passengers’ commute on the Lagos Red Line will begin in January 2023.

Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State announced on Sunday that the Red Line Train project would begin a test run of passenger portage by January 2023.

ADEMOLA/NAN L-R: Director, Rail Transportation, Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA), Mr Olasunkanmi Okusaga; Managing Director, LAMATA, Mrs Abimbola Akinajo; Lagos State Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu; his Deputy, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat and Special Adviser to the Governor on Works & Infrastructure, Mrs Aramide Adeyoye during the inspection of the ongoing works on the Red Rail project sites, on Sunday, Aug. 7, 2022. Credits: NAN

Sanwo-Olu said this while addressing newsmen, after the inspection of the Red Line Train Project at Agege, Ikeja, Mushin and Ebute Meta areas of the state.

He assured residents that full operations on the Red Line project would start in the first quarter of 2023.

According to him, work at the various locations of the train stations is on track; hence, “the first quarter 2023 operation is sacrosanct.”

”We are trying to ensure that we even exceed the promise that we made, the promise that the operations will start first quarter 2023.

”So what we are doing is to ensure that the physical infrastructure is completed by December latest; all stations, all bridges, all walkways, all pedestrian bridges by December, so that they can start testing.

”Operationally, it will take two to three months, you need to check the signal, check the senses of all the signalisation that you have.

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“So, we are hoping that the operations will start within the first quarter of 2023. January we will start carrying passengers,” he said.

At the inspection which commenced from Agege-NRC Station where passengers from Ibadan would join the Intra-city train service to other stations, the governor said that work would be completed by October.

He described the Ikeja Station as an iconic station on the Red Line, assuring that every infrastructure to make the station first-class was in place and would equally be completed by October.

”That station is on a wide expanse of about 240 meters; in clear terms, that is the size of almost three football fields.

”It is at roof level, it is going into completion and all of the things, all of the furniture that needs to make it a first-class train station are in place, you can see that we are on track with it,” Sanwo-Olu said.

For the Mushin train station and its linking bridge, he said that several demolitions were done and the state government had paid an extensive amount for the buildings affected, hence, work was in progress.

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