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Sanwo-Olu Inspects Redline Facilities Ahead Of Thursday Commissioning

…Takes journalists on 15-minute trip from Ikeja to Iju, says all stations completed

Ahead of Thursday’s formal commissioning of Lagos Rail Mass Transit (LRMT) infrastructure, Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Saturday, took a test run of the Red Line train, inspecting the tracks and the rail corridors for another time.

Red Line is the second in the series of metropolitan train systems designed for the state in line with the ambition of Making Lagos a 21st Century.

With a total stretch of 37 kilkilometershe rail line, built by the Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA), will be inaugurated by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, along with its stations and other ancillary facilities.

The Red Line traverses seven stations from Agbado, a boundary town in Ogun State, to Oyingbo in Lagos Central.

Sanwo-Olu took journalists on a train ride from the Ikeja Mega Station of the Red Line in a last-minute effort to make the infrastructure ready for opening.

Joining the Governor on the ride was the Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, and members of the State cabinet.

According to a press release signed by the Chief Press Secretary to SanSanwo-Olur. Gboyega Akosile, a test-running left the garage track “for the first time since it was delivered, departing Ikeja Mega Station at exactly 2:23 pm, moving steadily towards Agbado Station.

Six minutes later, the passengers arrived at Agege Station. The journey proceeded to Iju Station, arriving at 2:38 pm — 15 minutes after leaving Ikeja.

While on board, Sanwo-Olu and his deputy moved along the coaches in a bid to ascertain the conditions of the train’s cars — a set of Talgo wagons built in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in the United States.

Some of the comfort facilities inspected by the Governor included the train’s cooling system, handrails, cushioned seats, and in-built safety features of the wagons.

After the inspection, Sanwo-Olu said the train line was ready for commissioning, but added that there would be continuous enforcement to clear the train path of unapproved activities.

He said: “We just completed another inspection of the Red Rail Line facility and corridor; now we are back in Ikeja Mega Station. We all have just used the train to Iju and back. I’m sure our media men can fully report what we all witnessed in the course of the short journey. This rail infrastructure is ready for inauguration, but we still have a few cleaning to do.

“The challenge we have is the pedestrian interference on the rail track and unapproved activities seen along the corridor. We will continue with the enforcement we started against illegal use of the rail corridor. We are in talks with NRC (Nigeria Railway

Corporation) to reinforce the train route with physical barriers to limit pedestrian interference.”

The Governor urged the State’s residents to adhere to the rules of using the rail line, noting that the infrastructure was not built for commercial activities.

 

The train operation, Sanwo-Olu said, would be regular and trips would be made every 15 minutes. He said it was necessary to eliminate incidents that could result in fatality along the track.

 

“We have reduced human interference on the track considerably over the last two months, but enforcement continues. The stations are ready, the trains are ready and I believe Lagosians are ready to welcome this new infrastructure built for their use and benefit,” Sanwo-Olu said.

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