"The integration with existing transport systems will largely contribute to our global transport plan for Lagos."
Alstom has signed an agreement with the Nigerian government department that controls transport in the country’s largest city, the Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA), to install and maintain two crucial aspects of the yet-to-be-completed Blue Line metro.
Under the deal, signed at the France-Nigeria Business Forum attended by President of the French Republic, Emmanuel Macron, Alstom will handle Phase 1 and 2 of the project: electrification of sections of the line and the installation of communication-based train control (CBTC) signalling, carried out in conjunction with the Lagos State Government. Also included in Phase 2 will be the passenger information services that will keep customers informed, along with the ticketing systems located in the stations.
According to press reports in Nigeria, the French government will invest around £175 million in Lagos’ public transport system. When complete, the Blue Line will comprise a 17-mile (27 kilometre) line with 13 stations. However, Alstom’s Phase 1 and 2 involvement will cover eight miles and five stations. Initially Lagos’ line will carry 400,000 passengers a day, rising to around 700,000 when it is fully complete. Lagos has a population of around 22 million and has chronic problems with congestion, something the Blue Line metro project will address.
Managing Director of LAMATA, Abiodun Dabiri, said the line would prove to be of major strategic importance to the city of Lagos as it will allow residents of the city to travel safely and quickly over long distances. “The integration with existing transport systems like our bus or boat lines, and future metro lines will largely contribute to our global transport plan for Lagos to reduce traffic congestion and make Lagos a smart city,” said Dabiri.
Alstom said that its involvement in the transport network – the company’s first involvement in Nigeria – would be an important milestone for the city and “contribute to positioning the city among the showcases of sustainable mobility in Africa”.
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