The Lagos State Government has announced that its light rail project running between Mile 2 and Marina will commence operation in 2022.
The state government disclosed this after signing a major agreement with French Multinational Rail Transport Company, Alstom SA, about the operation of the state’s rail mass transit.
A statement by the Assistant Director, Corporate Communication, Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority, Kolawole Ojelabi, said consultants picked the date after reviewing the project.
The statement read in part, “The state government had engaged consultants to carry out a technical review and due diligence on the implementation of the project, which substantially had focused on civil works, and reported back to the government that operation of the first phase could only commence in 2022.
“Following the report, Alstom SA France, who has over 100 years of railway experience covering 60 countries, was engaged to review the report of the consultant.
“Alstom SA agreed with the submission of the consultant that the first phase of the rail project could only become operational in 2022 based on proposed funding pattern.”
The mass transit rail project called the ‘‘Blue Line” had suffered many delays due to the paucity of funds and other challenges.