China News Service, Beijing, March 1 (Reporter Pang Wuji) The reporter learned from China Civil Engineering Group Co., Ltd. on the 1st that on February 29, local time, the first phase of the Nigeria Lagos light rail red line project constructed by China Civil Engineering was opened in Ikeja. The opening ceremony of the station was held.

Nigerian President Bola Tinubu inaugurated the project and took a trial ride on the light rail train.

  This project is the second light rail implemented by China Civil Engineering Construction in Lagos after the Blue Line. The project starts from Oyingbo Station and ends at Agbado Station. The total length of the line is about 26.5 kilometers, with 2 kilometers of new lines and 8 stations along the line. Station and 4 bus-span railway overpasses, all of which adopt Chinese technical standards.

On February 29, local time, the first phase of the Lagos light rail red line project in Nigeria, constructed by China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation, held an opening ceremony at Ikeja Station.

(Photo courtesy of China Civil Engineering)

  Tinubu spoke highly of the vitality that the friendly cooperation between Nigeria and China has brought to Nigeria.

He said that rail transportation is crucial to the urban development of Lagos. The operation of the Lagos Light Rail Red Line project will help relieve urban traffic pressure, shorten the commuting time of residents along the line, improve the travel experience of tourists, and thus improve the Lagos transportation network. , expand urban development space and promote the socio-economic development of Lagos.

  Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria Cui Jianchun said that the light rail red line is a vivid practice of China and Nigeria's joint construction of the "Belt and Road Initiative". It not only marks the rapid development of Lagos's transportation industry, but also witnesses the excellent cooperation between China and Nigeria in the field of infrastructure.

After the project is opened to traffic, it will change the way local people travel, create a large number of job opportunities for residents along the route, and help local people achieve a better life.

On February 29, local time, the first phase of the Lagos light rail red line in Nigeria, built by a Chinese enterprise, was opened to traffic.

The picture shows the opening ceremony scene.

(Photo courtesy of China Civil Engineering)

  On the same day, under the witness of Tinubu, the general manager of the Lagos Metropolitan Area Traffic Management Bureau and relevant representatives of China Civil Engineering signed the second phase contract of the project on site.

  Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu said that the Red Line Light Rail reflects the government’s determination to improve citizens’ quality of life and promote social progress. The opening of the project will inject new impetus into the busy and vibrant city of Lagos.

He thanked China Civil Engineering Construction for bringing a second high-quality light rail to Lagos and building an urban three-dimensional transportation network connecting light rail, railways and aviation for Lagos.