The vice president, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, would flag-off the newly – constructed standard gauge Lagos-Abeokuta rail line this week.
The rail line, which is part of the Lagos-Ibadan rail project has been nearly completed and due for flag off this week.
Speaking after inspecting the project yesterday, the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi said “there is huge improvement and some of you have attributed it to my constant harassment on the site.
“I am impressed and from what I see, the vice president is still going to ride on the train on the 6th except he has other arrangements. Once the vice president flags it off, we will start using it and it will be free. The free ride will be for two months.
“The vice president is coming to flag off the passenger use of the first phase from Lagos to Abeokuta which will reduce passenger travel time from one hour to 45 minutes and the reason why it is 45 minutes is because people might stop in different locations.”
On whether there were litigations on Iju to Abeokuta axis, he said, “There is none but if there is any, it will be inside the yard of NRC and there is one building that we are yet to pay compensation but it is not in court and we are still negotiating the compensation.
“What gives me joy most with this project is the fact that I can travel from Lagos to Abeokuta in less than one hour. The work is about 60 per cent completed.
“We presently have two coaches on this corridor but we know they won’t be enough, so we have directed that they should go and get more coaches from Itakpe-Warri since the passenger traffic on that corridor is not as high as what we expect here. So, we are expecting two more coaches.”
On what would become of the Abeokuta to Ibadan axis, he said, “From what they told me, they think it will be quicker because the problem is always the civil work and they have gone far with it. The only problem they have is that they have to blast rocks and that they are doing now to make sure that before the end of June, it will be ready.
“What will be the problem will not be the tracks but the stations and the communication systems. It will be difficult if it is a two way traffic but we are avoiding that till we install the communication systems.”