Sanwo-Olu says Blue Line rail to run on electric tracks with electric motor vehicles, project 90% complete

Written by on April 25, 2022

The Lagos Blue Line Rail will run on electric power, especially the Iganmu, Mile 2 route, the State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu has said while warning Lagosians not to step on the tracks when operations have started.

Sanwo-Olu made this known on Sunday while addressing journalists at the Marina Train Station after about three hours of inspection of ongoing works on the Blue Line rail project and stations at the National Theatre Iganmu, Orile, Suru Alaba, Mile 2 and Marina axis of the State stressing that a lot of advocacy and communication will be done and that warning signs will be put in place to ensure safety.

“The Blue Line, for emphasis, would be running what we call an EMU. It is going to be an electric motor vehicle. The trains are going to be running on electric. So, they need to have power on the rail tracks.

“So, that is why we are getting to a stage where there is going to be a lot of advocacy. There has to be a lot of information, communication on to the citizens, especially where the tracks are on ground level from Orile station to Mile 2.

“And if you have a track at ground level, that is electric… by the time these tracks start, they are electric tracks, they are going to be running on electricity and citizens or anybody whatsoever cannot walk on them.

“This track is not like the Red Line. The Red Line is DMU but the Blue Line is EMU,” Sanwo-Olu said.

The Governor reassured residents of the State that the government was on track with its efforts to complete works on both the Blue and Red lines rail projects, which are intra-city, to strengthen the intermodal transportation system.

He said work on the Blue Line rail project was at 90 percent completion as contractors were working seven days a week so that Lagosians would ride a train on the rail by the first quarter of 2023.

While stressing that there is no going back on the 2023 first quarter deadline, he revealed that the Lagos State Government will acquire additional two sets of four train coaches in September.

“I’m reassuring Lagosians that we are on track to complete works on both the Blue and Red Line projects. I am particularly happy to report that the Blue Line rail project is currently at 90% completion.

“The first phase of the Blue Line project starts from Mile 2 and terminates at Marina. We are happy that the contractors are working seven days a week.

“The major aspect apart from the Marina Station is a sea crossing from Eko Bridge to join outer Marina.

“This would be done in about three months. By the time we will be back in July, the concrete construction should have been completed,” Sanwo-Olu said.

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