CEM REPORT, TRANSPORT | Lagos State Government has received two trains – TALGO SERIES 8 – for the Red Line Rail System.
According to the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotoso, in a statement, the arrival of the trains is another major milestone toward the delivery of the operation of the Red Line Rail System by the first quarter of 2023.
“The 2 Nos. Ten and Eleven Car trains which were bought from Milwaukee are here.
“Each train can carry 1500 passengers and is expected to run on the Red Line Rail from Agbado to Oyingbo, with the journey taking less than 30 minutes”,
He explained that it was necessary to decouple the train into 21 individual cars for effective transportation to Lagos.
He further explained that the trains would be recoupled with the help of rolling stock Engineers from Talgo, the company that manufactured them in the United States of America.
“The engineers will also take the opportunity to train our local Engineers whilst they are here to equip our young people with the requisite skills.
“Once the recoupling is complete, the testing and commissioning will commence, followed by full passenger operations in the first quarter of 2023.”
CEM reported in April that Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, said work on the ongoing rail project will be ready between the last quarter of 2022 and the first quarter of 2023.
He said the Blue Line rail project is at 90% completion and completion remained on schedule, on both the Blue and Red lines rail projects, which are intra-city.