PASSENGER services began on the first section of the Lagos Blue Line metro on September 4, more than a decade after construction began. Services are now operating on the 13km stretch between Marina station and Mile 2 station, serving five stations.

The full Blue Line will be 27km long, with 13 stations, extending to Okokomaiko in the west of the city. An official inauguration of the first section was held on January 24. It has been built by China Civil Engineering Corp.

While the line is equipped with third-rail electrification, operation is initially taking place with diesel locomotives hauling four-car trains. However, Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (Lamata) managing director, Ms Abimbola Akinajo, warned residents not to cross the tracks due to the risk of being electrocuted.

Construction of the 37km Red Line, which has 11 stations, is around 90% complete.

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