French Train manufacturing giant, Alstom has signed an Agreement with the Lagos State Government of Nigeria on the State’s Upcoming Blue Line Metro.
According to an official statement posted on the company’s website a Head of Agreement with Lagos State Government represented by Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA) for both Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the Lagos Blue Line metro was executed.
The signature took place at the France-Nigeria Business Forum attended by Mr Emmanuel Macron, President of the French Republic, and His Excellency, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, Executive Governor Lagos State.
EMMANUEL MACRON, As part of Phase 1, 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.
The Blue Line when complete will be composed of a 27km line with 13 stations from Okokomaiko to Marina. The phase 1 and 2 of this line will cover a distance of 12km out of which 4km on viaduct and 5 stations.
This project is the first reference for Alstom in Nigeria. 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, stimulate economic growth and job creation while improving the environment and air quality of the city. It will carry 400,000 passengers daily with capacity increased to 700,000 passengers daily at completion.