As the city struggles with traffic congestion that has affected residents, the Blue Line Rail project is expected to provide some help.
Some Lagos residents, who spoke to the Nigerian News Agency (NAN), said the completion of the project was a milestone, adding that they were looking forward to operations to begin.
However, they urged the state government to implement adequate security and maintenance measures to ensure smooth operations.
a resident, Mr. Olorunfemi Olorunmonihe said the project was long overdue and would help address some of the transportation problems in the state.
“The construction of the Blue Line railway takes some time and the expectations of the residents are very high, considering the road situation in Lagos.
“I think this will go a long way to solving the transportation problem, especially between Badagry and Marina.
“Although it has not spread to Badagry, these centers are where there is a lot of movement of people.
“I think that with this now, the problem related to the movement of people and goods along this axis will be seriously addressed.” he said.
Olorunmoni, however, suggested that there should be proper maintenance and management of the infrastructure.
“All the guiding principles must be established, in terms of management and maintenance. Travelers should also be well informed on how to behave,” he said.
Similarly, another resident, Mr Andy EnaohwoHe said that the project, once inaugurated, would reduce traffic and robberies that take place on the roads.
“The cost of time per day will be reduced; people will arrive at their workplaces and return home on time.
“Most people won’t take their cars out anymore; they will park them at the train stations and take the train to the Island,” he said.
I was hoping that there would be a security network like closed circuit television (CCTV) to monitor what was happening inside the train at any given time.
He urged the government to raise more awareness of the train and make the cost affordable for residents.
“If they can consider making the cost affordable for the masses, we will patronize them. It is our property, we will also safeguard it.Enaohwo said.
Additionally, Mr. James Adaji, who works at the Artist Village located within the National Arts Theater Complex, said security around the facility needs to be improved.
“We are already experiencing some criminal activity around the facility; our offices are being broken into as a result of the increased movement in the theater.
“When they inaugurate the project, the government must ensure adequate security in terms of surveillance and protection of government property and personnel.” he said.
Another Lagos resident, Mr. Ita Okonhe said the project was a welcome development and would boost the state’s economy.
NAN reports that the Blue Line is a 27-kilometre rail system from Marina to Okokomaiko.
Its construction was divided into phases to facilitate its execution.
On December 21, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu commemorated the completion of the civil infrastructure for the first phase of the project at the National Theater of Arts, Iganmu.
The first phase is a 13-kilometer stretch from Marina to Mile 2, covering five stations and will be powered by electricity from an Independent Power Station.
The project is being built by the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) and managed by the Lagos Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority (LAMATA).
The first phase of the Lagos railway line has five stations at Mile 2, Suru-Alaba, Orile Iganmu, National Theater and Marina, and is expected to handle around 250,000 passengers a day when it starts operations.