The two new high-speed trains recently purchased by the Lagos State government will be on track latest by the fourth quarter of the year, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has said.
Governor Sanwo-Olu disclosed this on Friday during an interview on Sunrise Daily where he outlined efforts being made by his administration to address the gridlock on Lagos roads.
“The trains will be on track by the fourth quarter; the terminals and stations will be ready by the fourth quarter,” he stated during his appearance on the Channels Television breakfast programme.
“Lagosians will be actively moving with trains by the fourth quarter of this year. If we don’t bring passengers on, it will be for security reasons.
“It will probably be things around communication that we are trying to test, things around operational training.”
On Wednesday last week, the state government announced that it had acquired two new sets of 10 cars Talgo 330kmph trains for its Red Line rail project, as part of efforts to improve traffic management and transportation.
The governor completed the acquisition deal of the two new speed trains on January 18 at an event held inside the Milwaukee facilities of Spanish train manufacturer, Talgo Incorporated in the United States.
He had informed the audience at the event that the trains would be heading to Lagos for the 37km track rail project expected to have 11 stations and be the first operational metro system in West Africa when completed.