…To Inject 800 New BRT Buses In Two Months, 5,000 In 24 Months
By Kazeem Ugbodaga
As part of measures to find a lasting solution to the perennial traffic gridlock along Ikorodu Road, Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode on Thursday commissioned multiple Layby and Slip Road in Agboyi Ketu Local Council Development Area of the State.
Governor Ambode, who also launched the Intelligence Transport System (ITS), the e-ticketing for commuters using the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), the Ojota BRT Depot and the new complex for the Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority known as LAMATA Place, said the initiatives were critical components of the ground plan to scale up the integrated transport management system.
Speaking while commissioning the slip road and multiple lay-by in Ketu, the Governor said the project was a significant milestone in drastically reducing the traffic along the corridor, adding that its completion would no doubt impact directly on travel time as the targeted reduction of traffic along the length of the Third Mainland Bridge to the entire stretch of the axis, moving towards Old Toll Gate and the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway would be accomplished.
“This project is one of the major interventions in recent time by this administration. There is the multiple lay-by at Oworonshoki, the car wash Layby, slip road at Olopomeji, the several see through fence and the recently launched lay-by at Alapere bus stop.
“Without doubt, this administration has dedicated considerable resources to the fulfillment of its initiatives of providing basic elements or roads and transport infrastructure. This obviously is in tandem with the fact that the importance of transportation tom our economy cannot be over emphasized,” he said.
The Governor said as part of the Bus Reform Initiative (BRI), additional new 800 buses would be provided in the next two months, while a total of 5,000 would be provided within 24 months.
He said another multiple lay-by and slip road with car park and market with big stores would be constructed in Ikosi Isheri, while 27,500 sanitation workers employed in line with the Cleaner Lagos Initiative designed to make all parts of the State clean, would commence work in the next three weeks.
He, however, urged residents to cooperate with government, especially by not plying commercial motorcycle, popularly known as Okada in restricted routes, saying such was why the government was providing enough buses.
On his part, the Acting Commissioner for Transportation, Prince Anofiu Elegushi, urged the traders and residents to take ownership of the facility by making sure that the purpose for which the lay-bys were constructed was not defeated.
According to him, the government would continue to explore every available means to ensure that travel time in the state is reduced, adding that the event represented a milestone in the administration’s determination to find a lasting solution to the perennial traffic gridlock in the area.
“Its completion will no doubt impact directly on travel time as the targeted reduction of traffic congestion along the length of the 3rd Mainland Bridge to the entire stretch of the axis, moving towards Old Tollgate and the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway will be accomplished.
“It is imperative to state that the intent of this lay-bys and slip road is to reduce travel time and most especially, cut off motorists going inward Ikorodu from loading on the express, as such, it should be noted that the project is not a garage, but a bus stop for commuters/motorists to use at all times,” Elegushi said.
The acting commissioner said the state government would continue to explore ways to ease movement on Lagos roads, stressing that “this requires that we work together and obey traffic rules and regulations.”