Nigeria: Lagos acquires three trains for blue line rail project

Lagos city governor has assured netizens of three trains in the offing to boost transport sector [image: courtesy]
Nigeria—Amidst the excitement generated by the purchase of rolling stock for the Red Line light rail, experts point at some gaps that needed to be addressed by the Lagos State government.

Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the Lagos Governor has stated that his government has acquired three more trains for its Blue line rail agenda.

He made the statement at the flag-off of the Opebi-Ojota link bridge construction and approach highways.

Noting that this was not broadcasted because his administration does not believe in rhetoric but action.

It’s in files that Governor Sanwo-Olu was last week in Milwaukee, United States, to complete the acquisition deal with Talgo Incorporated, to buy two new trains for the Red Line rail project.

Railways in Nigeria consist of a 3,505 km Cape gauge national railway network and 669 km of standard gauge.

In 2019, the single operational standard gauge line from Abuja to Kaduna generated as much revenue as the entire Cape gauge railway network combined.

The Nigerian Railway Corporation traces its history to the year 1898 when the first railroad in Nigeria was constructed by the British colonial government.

On October 3, 1912, the Lagos Government Railway and the Baro-Kano Railway were amalgamated, starting nationwide rail service under the name Government Department of Railways.

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