Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the governor of Lagos State, has expressed his administration’s commitment to complete all rail projects before the end of his first term tenure.
The governor spoke on Wednesday at the launch of the last T-Beam for the Blue Line project in Marina. The Blue Line runs from Marina to Okokomaiko, while the Red Line runs from Agbado to Oyingbo.
With the launch of the last T-Beam signified the end of the construction of the civil Infrastructure for the Blue Line.
The elated governor said the last T-Beam was a sign of the commitment of his administration that it would meet up with the deadline for the completion of the project as promised.
” We’re on the journey to ensure we are not just making promises but that we would complete the Blue Line as we promised our people. The Marina station will be completed within the next three months and we are promising to complete the Blue Line before December 31st this year. This administration is committed to completing all our projects,” he said.
Sanwo-Olu further said the new trains ordered by the state would arrive before September and test run till December before it begins full operation in the first quarter of next year.
In her speech, Engr. Abimbola Akinajo, the Managing Director of Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority, LAMATA, said the Blue Line project is a 27-kilometre rail line which is divided into three phases.
The first 13-kilometre run from Mile 2 to Marina. She said the construction of the Blue line has been one of the most difficult projects the state has embarked upon as a result of the many challenges it faced during construction.
“To get to this point, we have had disturbances and delays in the relocation of submarine cables, submarine natural gas pipelines, and removal of underground ship-wreckages. The submarine geological conditions are complex, thus making construction in the lagoon extremely difficult. On a number of times, barges have collided with the trestle supporting our construction activities while the outbreak of Covid19 epidemic, and the long transportation cycle of imported equipment and materials have contributed to delays in the prompt completion of the rail project,” she said.
She added a total of 1, 967 pile foundations, 306 platforms, 310 piers, 267 cover beams, fabrication and 984 T-beams were erected for the project.