Lagos project shows train of thought

China Daily | Updated: 2024-03-30 09:28
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Passengers on board the Lagos Rail Mass Transit Blue Line connecting Mile 2 to Marina. The electric line has been providing passengers with a speedy journey since September. HAN XU/XINHUA

Electrified line is first section of ambitious plan to meet daily needs of one of world's fastest-growing megacities

Since the first phase of the Lagos Rail Mass Transit Blue Line entered into commercial operation in Nigeria's largest city last September, the electric railway has been providing passengers with a safe and speedy ride.

Built by the China Civil Engineering Construction Corp and funded by the Lagos state government, the 13 kilometers of track completed so far extends from Mile 2 to Marina, and covers five stations. The first phase of the Blue Line is expected to carry more than 250,000 passengers a day once it is in full operation.

As a symbolic project of the Belt and Road Initiative, the line is the first electrified railroad and cross-water light rail project in West Africa.

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