Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA) and Alstom signed a Head of Agreement for the two phases of Lagos Blue Line metro project, being the first reference project for Alstom in Nigeria.
Under the first phase, Alstom will ensure the electrification of a portion of the line with third rail as well as substations. After phase 1, Alstom and the Lagos State Government intend to work jointly on Phase 2 of the project by structuring financing from Export Credit Agencies (ECA) to provide metro trains, CBTC based signalling, the operation and control centre, passenger information services and the ticketing system in the stations.
When completed, the Blue Line when will have 27 km with 13 stations, linking Okokomaiko and Marina. The phase 1 and 2 of this line will cover a distance of 12 km out of which 4 km on viaduct and 5 stations.
“The Blue Line project is of strategic importance for the city of Lagos as it allows our people to travel safe and fast across longer distances. The integration with existing transport systems like our bus or boat lines, and future metro lines will largely contribute to our global transport plan for Lagos to reduce traffic congestion and make Lagos a smart city,” Abiodun Dabiri, the Managing Director of LAMATA said.
The Blue Line It will carry 400,000 passengers daily with capacity increased to 700,000 passengers daily at completion.
The city of Lagos counts 22 million inhabitants and is facing severe traffic congestion. Considering the increasing transport demand in the city of Lagos, the Blue Line metro construction aims to address mobility challenges.