By G9ija

The Managing Director of the Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA), Mrs. Abimbola Akinajo, said on Tuesday the state’s light-rail projects would begin full operation in 2022.

Akinajo disclosed this after a meeting with contractors handling the Lagos Light-Rail Mass Transit (LRMT) Red and Blue Line projects.

She said the meeting was convened to reiterate the already established positions on the timeline for the delivery of the projects.

According to her, the Red Line is one of the seven rail lines identified in the state’s Strategic Transport Master Plan for the mass movement of commuters and reduce road congestion in the state.

The LAMATA chief underscored the importance of the 24-kilometre stretch between Oyingbo and Agbado, representing the first phase of the 37-kilometre rail project.

She said the railway was one of the effective ways through which cities deal with traffic congestion.

Akinajo said: “The Red Line is supposed to be a quick win, because it will share tracks with the Nigerian Railway Corporation on its Lagos – Ibadan rail corridor.

“There will be no delays, no budget or cost overrun and there will not be any shift in delivery date.

“Our meeting is just to take stock of what we have done so far since this project started and to re-emphasise that there is no room for slippage in the delivery of the Red Line.”