The Lagos State Government has unveiled plans to extend the construction of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system to the Abule-Egba, Oshodi corridor.
Unveiling the plans on Thursday at an enlarged stakeholders and residents forum at Dopemu, Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority’s (LAMATA) Managing Director and Chief Executive Mr Abiodun Dabiri said project, which would be supervised by Planet Project and handled by Messrs Strabag Construction, would be delivered in August next year.
The unveiling also afforded the government to restate its commitment to the take-off the Red Line light rail, which was meant to pass through that corridor.
Dabiri said the project is part of the state’s Strategic Masterplan and would complement the ongoing construction of the Oshodi bus transit, and the Abule Egba flyover slated to be delivered later in the year.
He listed the features of the Road expansion to include an uninterrupted median lane to run the BRT service, to be complemented with 11 pedestrian bridges, 1 bus depot and two bus terminals at Iyana Iapaja and Abule Egba.
When completed, the project would not only improve mobility, with the capacity to move over 350,000 passengers daily, eliminate traffic congestion, reduce travel time by at least 40 percent along the corridor and create employment opportunities for Lagosians.
Being the corridor that feeds Ikeja Central Business District (CBD) as well as the nation’s busiest airport, the project when completed, Dabiri added would also boost social and economic development along the corridor, improve physical planning and environmental condition, regenerate communities along the corridor and project the state as a world class society.
He said the project would put an end to the unregulated, uncomfortable, unsafe and unreliable transportation and traffic congestion as well as the indiscriminate picking and dropping off of passengers along the corridor.
Dabiri said 14 bus stops would be constructed along the corridor to include; Oshodi, Bolade, Ladipo, Shogunle, PWD, Airport, Ikeja Along and Ile Zik.
Others are to be located at Mangoro, Cement, Iyana-Dopemu, Iyana-Ipaja, Pleasure, Ile-Epo, Katangwa, and Abule Egba.
He called for the understanding of businesses, the general public and residents along the corridor, adding that adequate traffic management measures that will enhance safety along the corridor will be deployed to reduce the motorists stress throughout the duration of the project.
He said, “We would like to appeal to everyone that this is not government’s project, it is your project. We would need your cooperation from the project, before, during and after completion so that it could last long long and serve the cause for which it was meant.”
Earlier the project Director Tajudeen Olanipekun said the agency intended to build on the experience garnered during the construction of the Mile 12-Ikorodu initiative and build a safe, and reliable road that would add value to the architecture of the area.
The Acting Commissioner for Transportation Mr Anofi Olanrewaju Elegushi said the project was another effort by the government to make life more convenient for the people living along the corridor.
He said: “We are working towards the reorganisation of this corridor. About 60 percent of the people living here are middle class and we are committed to ensuring that we give to those living along this corridor same thing that we give to those living at Victoria Island and other eyebrow places.”