Eko Rail, Iganmu Station

Under construction: Lagos-Badagry Expressway And Eko Rail

By: | December 2nd, 2011 | 1 Comment


Upgrade of Lagos-Badagry Expressway – 10 lanes commenced on April 2009 under the Fashola led administration of Lagos States.

Upon completion, the new Lagos-Badagry Expressway is expected to become a 10-lane carriageway, with Eko rail – a light rail and BRT corridor, which will further enhance tourism and economic activities along this axis.

The road passes several Local Government and Development Areas which include: Amuwo Odofin, Ojo, Okoko and others. The contract was awarded to Julius Berger Nigeria Plc who originally constructed the road.

Light rail
The Lagos State Government is also constructing a light rail system under a public private partnership (PPP).

Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA) has proposed seven lines in the network: Red, Blue, Green, Yellow, Purple, Brown and Orange.

LAMATA has developed a conceptual framework for rail mass transit system that would provide passenger rail services on the most heavily travelled corridors in Lagos. The first two lines being developed are the Red Line and the Blue Line.

Both lines were developed on a PPP basis, with the Lagos State Government providing all rail and station infrastructure. The private sector will be invited to operate the system under a 25 year concession structure.

The project which was awarded for $1.5 billion to China Civil Engineering Construction Company (CCECC) in 2009, began with the simultaneous construction of the Red and Blue Lines with estimated traffic of 1.6 million customers per day.

Both projects are expected to ease the link between Nigeria and neighbouring West African states, a major trade corridor as well as improve intra city transportation, generate massive employment and impact significantly on businesses and make life more enjoyable for citizens.

[tab: Blue Rail Line Line] Blue Line
The Blue Line will run 27km from Okokomaiko to Marina, one of the most densely travelled corridors in Lagos. The rail infrastructure is being developed in conjunction with the Badagry Expressway project, a proposed toll road running from Lagos to Badagry.

The Blue Line starts at Marina station and runs along Ebute Ero and Iddo stations – same as the Red Line. From Iddo, the Blue Line running on an elevated platform moves along the National Theatre station and makes a descent at Iganmu to join the expanded Lagos-Badagry Expressway, Alaba, Mile 2, Festac, Alakija, Trade Fair, Volkswagen, LASU and finally reaches the Okokomaiko station where it ends.

In total there will be thirteen stations, three which will be shared with the Red Line system. The stations will be located above the tracks, with large pedestrian walkways crossing the expressway.

Large concrete barriers will be placed between the rail lines and the expressway to ensure no external factors will disrupt service.

The Blue Line system will require the construction of two bridges. The larger of the two, to be shared with the Red Line, will connect the mainland with the island. The second bridge will be across the river at Mile 2.

The fixed assets, including construction of the alignment, bridges, and stations, will be wholly funded by the Lagos State Government. A concessionaire is currently being sought to procure and finance rolling stock and depot facilities, as well as provide operations and maintenance over a 25 year period.

The concessionaire will be compensated through passenger revenues as well as revenues earned from retail activities within stations.

[tab: Red Rail Line Line] Red LineThe Red Line rail system is being developed on North-South axis through some of the most densely populated areas in Lagos.

Beginning on the island, the Red Line will run north to Agbado through a total of 13 stations. From the Marina to Iddo stations, the Red Line will share the alignment with the Blue Line.

The shared infrastructure in these portions will be constructed as part of the Red Line project. From Agbado to Iddo, the Red Line with utilize the existing Nigerian Railways Corporation (NRC) corridor.

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