The Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has said that his government is committed to delivering the Blue Line Rail project next year and ensuring its operation starts in 2021.
The governor who was at the inspection of the five-kilometre- long beam bridge constructed from Iganmu to Marina, on Tuesday, said:
“The aim of this rail project is to reduce the travel time through an effective and efficient inter-modal transport system. It is also key to the building of a 21st-century economy, which is central to the vision of a greater Lagos."
He added that the blue line rail tracks are being constructed with strict observation of the Lagos State's strategic transport master plan, which prescribed six rail lines and one monorail for the long-term strategic goals of the state.
In the company of the members of the State Executive Council, the governor inaugurated the fourth and final phase of the project.
Sanwo-Olu noted that the completion of the sea-crossing track indicated his administration’s commitment towards finishing the state-funded rail contract started in 2009.
The governor who just completed his 200 days in office, listed out more projects to be executed such as the construction of the Red Line Rail project from Agbado to the Marina area of the state, which he says will soon commence.
He said a design-build-operate-maintain-and-transfer model of the public-private-partnership arrangement has been picked under which investors have been invited for the construction of four other rail lines.
He further stated that the state government would also start the construction of eight quality bus corridors in strategic areas of Lagos.
The initiative according to him will encourage residents to adopt buses compared to cars, thereby reducing traffic congestion usually witnessed in the state.