Politics

BREAKING: Tinubu arrives Lagos to unveil red line rail

President Bola Tinubu has arrived in Lagos in preparation for the inauguration of the Red Line train in the state.

The president who arrived in Lagos on Thursday was welcomed by the Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwoolu, and other officials at the Murtala International Airport.

The Commissioner for Information, Gbenga Omotosho in a statement said the commissioning of the Red Line train will signal the take-off of another major game changer in the state’s transportation infrastructure.

“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,” the statement reads.

“The rail project is being undertaken by the Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA), an agency under the Ministry of Transportation.

“The Lagos light rail network was flagged off by the Bola Tinubu administration in 2003.

“The train is the first phase of the project, which will run from Agbado in Ogun State to Oyingbo in Lagos, with eight stations including Agbado, Iju, Agege, Ikeja, Oshodi, Mushin, Yaba, and Oyingbo.

“Once fully operational, it is expected to make 37 trips daily, accommodating approximately 500,000 passengers.

“This initiative aims to significantly reduce travel time, alleviate health issues caused by stress, boost economic productivity, ease traffic congestion, minimise road accidents, and enhance commuter safety.

“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 Lagosians, the rail corridor has 10 vehicular overpasses and pedestrian bridges to separate the train from vehicular and pedestrian traffic,” it added