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Thursday, 31 May 2018

Update From The Lagos-Ibadan Railway Project

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Prior to the assurance by the minister of transportation that the project will be completed by 2019, The Federal Government and the CCeCC, the company in charge of the Lagos-Ibadan Railway project seem to be leaving no stone unturned as to meet the 2019 deadline set by the Federal Government. 

The Federal Government has assured that the Lagos-Ibadan rail project will be completed by the fourth quarter of the year 2018.

The Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, said the Federal Government is committed to providing standard gauge rail service as soon as the grey areas are cleared for work to commence immediately.



The Minister spoke after assessing the project at Ijoko, in Ado Odo/Ota Local Government Area of Ogun State.

“We have said 2018 and that is a presidential directive. By December 2018, we want to see locomotives running from Lagos to Ibadan. We are committed to achieving this and the fund obtained from China Exim Bank is already on the ground to ensure that nothing obstructs this timeline.”
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He said: “Primary constraint the contractor identified are the height of two pedestrian bridges in Lagos (at Oshodi and Ikeja), and an ongoing flyover bridge at Ijoko. The second problem was the multiplicity of the level crossing on the trail's right of way. The contractor said they could not proceed on laying the rail tracks until those impediments are sorted out.”

Amaechi, who briefed reporters on site with the Ogun Governor Ibikunle Amosun, said as soon as the issues of the flyover height and others associated with the right-of-way are addressed, actual work would begin on the project.

He said while the project needs a minimum height of 6.5 metres, the identified bridges are about 4.5 metres high.

The minister added that the height of the bridge would have to be raised higher to accommodate future electrification of the train’s right-of-way.

Amaechi and Amosun agreed that engineers from the contractor and the Ministry of Work and the Ministry of Transportation should meet on the best way to resolve the logjam.

The minister said the governor approved the closure of the two roads abutting the bridge to allow unhindered operation around the train’s right-of-way.

“The engineers are going to meet from today and we will also meet on Wednesday. So, by Friday, I would be meeting with Governor Amosun on the best option identified by the engineers and that’s what we’re going to take,” he said.

Thanking the Federal Government for coming up finally with the standard gauge project, Amosun said Ogun State is committed to working with the government to resolve all the challenges to achieve the modern train service.

The first T-beam for this project was laid on at the Igbin River Bridge and they are moving with fast pace

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