Lagos to partner private sector on $1b rail line

To successfully construct $1 Billion urban rail line, the Lagos State Government has announced plan to partner the private sector.
   Speaking in Lagos during a seminar organized by the Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority in conjunction with the Japan International Cooperation Agency, the state Commissioner for Transportation, Dr. Dayo Mobereola, said the project will enhance transportation in the state.
   LAMATA explained that a survey titled ‘Lagos Urban Railway Development Project in the Federal Republic of Nigeria’ was conducted by both partnering firms, adding that it is aimed at introducing the Automated Guide Transit, a type of monorail conceived as a new transportation system in the state.
Based on the study, according to LAMATA, the monorail project will  link Marina, Victoria Island and Ikoyi, “would curb traffic congestion and improve the environment in Lagos”.
The Acting Managing Director, LAMATA, Mr. Iyiola Adeboye, explained that the project was aimed at ensuring smooth transportation and reducing gridlock in Lagos State.
Speaking in a similar vein, the Public Transport Director, LAMATA, Mr. Gbenga Dairo, while addressing the situation of transportation in Lagos Island, attributed the problem to inappropriate road layout, poor traffic management, inadequate public transport and institutional obstacles.
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