Lagos Rail Mass Transit is an urban rail system being developed and under construction in Lagos. The system is being managed by the Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA) and is envisioned to consist eventually of seven lines. The railway equipment including electric power, signalling, rolling stock, and fare collection equipment will be provided by the private sector under a Concession Contract. LAMATA is responsible for policy direction, regulation, and infrastructure for the network.
|Owner||Lagos State Managed by Eko Rail under a Concession Agreement|
|Locale||Lagos (Lagos State, Nigeria)|
|Transit type||Rapid Transit|
|Number of lines||1 under construction (Blue Line)
6 more planned (Red, Green, Yellow, Purple, Brown and Orange)
|Operation will end||2022|
|Operator(s)||Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority(LAMATA)|
|Number of vehicles||15 four-car EMU CNR Dalian for Blue Line|
|System length||35 km (22 mi) (planned)|
|Track gauge||1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in) Standard Gauge|
Blue & Red Lines
The first section of the network, Phase I of the Blue Line, was originally planned to be completed in 2011. After many delays caused by funding shortfalls, the date was revised to 2022.
|2008 –||A metro is proposed for Lagos, allegedly with a completion date of 2011.|
|2009 –||Construction commences on the Blue Line.|
|2010 –||Lagos Rail Mass Transit to proceed.|
|2016 –||Phase I (the Blue Line from Marina to Mile 2) planned to open in December 2016.|
|2018 –||After a Alstom review of the project, Phase I (the Blue Line from Marina to Mile 2) is now set to open in December 2022.|
The idea of developing rapid transit in Lagos dates from 1983 with the Lagos Metroline network conceived by the Alhaji Lateef Jakande during the Second Nigerian Republic. The initial Metroline project was scrapped in 1985 by Muhammadu Buhari at a loss of over $78 million to the Lagos tax payers. The idea of developing a light rail network for Lagos was revived by Governor Bola Tinubu in the early 2000s with a formal announcement of its construction in December 2003. This initial $135 million proposal was part of the greater Lagos Urban Transportation Project to be implemented by the newly formed Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA). LAMATA initially concentrated on developing a Bus Rapid Transit system, running from Mile 12 to Lagos Island. In 2008, LAMATA began also to make progress with the rail project, focusing initially on the Blue Line and the Red Line.
In September 2011, LAMATA announced that it would acquire some H5-series subway trains formerly used by the Toronto Transit Commission(TTC). The cars were to be refurbished in the United States and converted to standard gauge before being imported and put into service on the Blue and Red lines. The same contract also included an option for some H6-series subway cars from the TTC, however this has since been cancelled. The trains were built as two-unit married pairs with a driver’s cab in the front right corner of each car.
In January 2015, LAMATA has opted for Chinese-built trains instead, ordering 15 electric multiple units from CNR Dalian with an option for 14 more.About 76 H5 cars that had been taken for refurbishment to Buffalo, New York, have been scrapped by August 2015.
In August 2018, LAMATA signed an agreement with Alstom. As a part of the agreement, Alstom conducted a review of the rail lines. After the review of the rail project, which should have initiated passenger activity, the state government said the Blue Line, would now be ready for passenger operation by 2022. This deal also plans for the electrification of a portion of the track
Okokomaiko-Marina Blue Line
In April 2008, the Lagos State Government approved ₦ 70 billion for construction of the Okokomaiko–Iddo-Marina Line, with an estimated completion date of 2011. However, the project suffered many delays due to funding shortfalls. The opening date was revised to June 2013, then December 2016,then 2017. As of November 2016, only 16 km of the 27 km Blue Line had been completed.
The contract was awarded to the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC),with advisory services being provided by CPCS Transcom Limited. Lagos State is financing construction of the Blue Line from its own resources.
The Blue Line will run 27.5 km from Marina to Okokomaiko, with 13 stations and an end-to-end journey time of 35 minutes. The entire Blue Line will operate over a secure and exclusive right-of-way, with no level crossings and no uncontrolled access by pedestrians or vehicles. The route will run on the surface in the central reservation of the Lagos-Badagry Expressway between Igbo-Elerin Road (Okokomaiko) and Iganmu. The line will then be elevated from Iganmu along the south side of the expressway passing the junction with Eric Moore Road, crossing just south of the National Theatre to Iddo, then south to Lagos Island with a terminal at Marina. A Maintenance and Storage Facility (MSF) will be constructed at Okokomaiko, with a track connection from the Blue Line to the depot.
When a project review was completedin 2018 by Alstom, the commencement date was pushed back to 2022