Lagos State Commissioner for Transportation, Mr Ladi Lawanson, has said the state government has achieved 95 percent completion of the ongoing Blue Line rail construction spanning Mile 2 on the mainland to Marina on the island. Lawanson said this on Tuesday at a media briefing to mark the three years in office of Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode.

Akinwunmi Ambode
Akinwunmi Ambode, Governor of Lagos State

According to reports monitored by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), he said construction had been focused on the National Theatre-Marina segment, which had attained 65 percent completion. “We have achieved 95 percent completion of the blue line rail in Lagos State and currently we are focusing on National Theatre-Marina segment.

“On-going works include boring of piles, construction of pile caps, pre-inspection of pier positions to determine underground utilities as well as boring of piles across the Lagoon,” Lawanson said.

According to him, all bailey beams have been completed at Marina while fabrication of steel cages and casing, painting of reinforcement with anti-rust, seawall strengthening and the removal of shipwrecks in the lagoon are on course.

The commissioner said the state, through the Lagos State Metropolitan Area Transportation Agency (LAMATA), had procured a Single Electric Unit (EMU) rolling stick of 2T+2M.

This, he said, was in line with the current thinking of the environment, adding the EMU is already on site awaiting final testing and certification. Lawanson said the state government had received the Right of Way approval from the Federal Government for the 37-km Agbado-Marina rail routes.

He said discussions were being held with Marina Express Train Services Ltd for its development. The commissioner added that the project development agreement of the company was being reviewed before the commencement of the project.