Lagos state to have the fastest train in Africa; governor says

Nigerian governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu says Lagos State is set to have the fastest train in Africa as he reveals that, the trains have already been secured, awaiting minor finishing on the railway infrastructure and the train station.

He told reporters that, “the 37km Red Line on completion will traverse eight stations and move passengers from Agbado to Oyingbo,” adding that, “we are ramping up completion of the ancillary infrastructure like the train stations.”

The governor explained further that, “part of what we have done in the last two and half years is to have what we call Integrated Urban Mass transportation system, where we will be using road infrastructure, waterway infrastructure and rail infrastructure so that we can move over 20 million Lagosians within and around the city.”

Babajide believes that, apart from solving the transportation problems facing the state, the facility exhumes other impacts, including boosting of trade and the creation of jobs for the youth.

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“We hope that this (purchase of the trains) will be the beginning of a mutually beneficial business relationship. Providing a source of livelihood for our citizens is all about providing jobs for our people, and that is what we are doing. It is about ensuring that we can build our economy; people can move from one location to another, and businesses can grow he said.” He said.

According to the governor, the trains will start operation from the last quarter of 2022 into the first quarter of 2023. The 330-KPH trains were procured from Talgo Group, a Madrid-based manufacturer of high-speed passenger trains.

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