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Lagos light-rail mass transit (LRMT), Nigeria [free access]

February 1, 2012

Developer: Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA)


Project Description: The under-construction light-rail system will serve Lagos. The Lagos State Government (LSG), through its authorised body LAMATA, has embarked on the development of an extensive urban rail system.


Background: A memorandum of understanding (MoU) between LAMATA and the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) was signed in 2006 to grant LAMATA access to 100 feet of NRC right-of-way for construction of the LRMT line.


The light-rail system is being developed under a public-private partnership (PPP). Under the PPP, LSG will finance the design/build contract work including all fixed infrastructure (track, structures, roadbed and stations). Meanwhile, the concessionaire will undertake operations and maintenance (O&M). It will also provide financing for rolling stock, railway system and depots.


The LRMT is being financed by the federal government (45 per cent), LSG (40 per cent), and Ogun state government (15 per cent).


Planned Network

LAMATA has proposed seven lines in the network: Red, Blue, Green, Yellow, Purple, Brown and Orange. Currently, the Red and Blue lines are being constructed.


Red Line: The 30-km line with a north-south alignment will feature 13 stations and connect Marina to Agbado. Seven of the stations will be intermediate stations, three will be terminal stations (Agbado, MMIA International Terminal and Domestic Terminal, and Marina) and three commuter interchange stations (Agbado, Ikeja and Iddo). Standard 1,435-mm gauge tracks will be used for the line, which is expected to have a ridership of 1.3 million passengers per day.


By 2012, a 7-km section featuring five stations is expected to be completed. Lebanon-based firm Dar Al-Handasah (Shair and Partners) is providing consultancy services for the project.


Blue Line: The 27-km line will run in the middle of the Lagos-Badagry Expressway (the highway is being redeveloped as a ten-lane international gateway between Lagos and neighbouring west African states). The line will feature 13 stations and run from Okokomaiko to Iddo and then follow the alignment of the Red Line from Iddo over Osa Lagoon to Marina.


The line is planned to be executed in phases. Phase I will span 6 km and feature six stations (Ojo, Okokomaiko, LASU, Trade Fair, Festac and Mile 2), while Phase II will span 21 km and feature four stations.


China Civil Engineering Construction Company (CCECC) has been selected as the contractor for the project while Canada-based CPCS Transcom will be the engineering consultant to conduct a demand study for the corridor; prepare the conceptual design; perform the financial and economic analysis; and formulate a procurement strategy for the operating concessionaire.


Other planned lines:

Green Line: It will link Marina to Lekki (Airport)

Yellow Line: It will link Otta/MMA to Iddo

Purple Line: It will link Redeem to Ojo

Brown Line: It will link Mile 12 to Marina

Orange Line: It will link Reddem to Marina


Lagos Rail plans to use the latest signalling technology, including automatic train protection and automated signalling to control the high-volume of train movement on the routes. The choice of rolling stock is expected to be diesel-powered metro-style vehicles, with 4 to 10 vehicles per train equipped with multiple doors.


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(1 Nigerian Naira [NGN] = 0.006 USD)