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Tinubu inaugurates Lagos Redline Rail system

The Lagos State 37 kilometres Red Line rail system was on Thursday inaugurated in Lagos by President Bola Tinubu.

 

The President arrived the venue, Ikeja Train Station, at exactly, 12.10pm for the official commissioning.

The train is the first phase of the project, which will run from Agbado in Ogun State to Oyingbo in the heart of Lagos. The train, when fully operational, will run 37 trips and convey about 500,000 passengers daily.

The commissioning signals the take-off of another major game changer in the state’s transportation infrastructure.

With the commissioning, it brings to two the rail lines owned and operated by the Lagos State Government. The first, The Blue Line, runs from Marina to Mile 2, first phase.

The first phase of the Lagos Redline Rail has eight stations, namely: Agbado, Iju, Agege, Ikeja, Oshodi, Mushin, Yaba and Oyingbo.

The train is expected to reduce drastically travel time on the corridor, abate stress-induced health challenges and increase the productive capacity of the economy. It will also reduce traffic gridlock, road accidents and ensure the safety of commuters.

As part of the inter-modal connectivity of our public transportation infrastructure, the Redline is integrated with Bus Terminals at Ikeja, Oshodi, Oyingbo, Ikeja, Yaba and Iju.

To guarantee the safety of commuters and residents, the rail corridor has 10 vehicular overpasses and pedestrian bridges to separate the train from vehicular and pedestrian traffic.

Recall, The Blue rail line started operations on September 4, ferrying passengers between Marina and Mile 2.

Meanwhile, the popular Computer Village was shut down and commercial activities paralysed as President Bola Tinubu unveils the project in Ikeja, Lagos.

Several roads were blocked in Ikeja with hundreds of security operatives, including well-armed policemen, civil defence, DSS, soldiers and others on ground.

Large number of people were stranded as there were no vehicles to convey commuters to their destinations. The few available vehicles hiked their prices as demand is higher than the supply.

There was extremely tight security. Many journalists were harassed and turned back, even with their tags by overzealous federal security operatives.

Large number of traders were seen hanging around the Computer Village as they could not gain access, with many of them complaining bitterly.

Part of Obafemi Awolowo Road inward the bridge was shut. Medical road was also shut as security operatives took over the area.

DSS operatives were seen chasing after hoodlums or anyone caught videoing the ugly scene around the area.

 

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