The Federal Government on Thursday stated that work would commence properly on the Lagos part of the $1.5bn Lagos-Ibadan standard gauge project by next month.
This was disclosed by the Minister of Transportation, Hon Rotimi Amaechi, while speaking with journalists in Ikere town, Ogun State during inspection tour of the project.
Amaechi said two bridges and 11 kilometres of track-laying would have been completed by next month.
The minister said though the China Civil Engineering and Construction Company (CCECC), the contractor handling the project, has been complaining about natural factors like rain slowing down the project, the December 2018 deadline has not changed, DailyTrust writes.
He commended the response of the Lagos State government in removing some challenges like the water pipes hindering the smooth progress of work.
“We believe that by next month, we should have started working from the Lagos area. We already have a solution for the gas and crude oil pipelines. The engineers have confirmed to me that the solutions that they have found will address all the issues surrounding these encumbrances,” he said.
It would be recalled that the laying of tracks commenced in the first week of May around Papalanto in Ogun State.
Once completed, the Lagos-Ibadan rail line would go a long way in easing the traffic congestion along the busy route.