A new elevated infrastructure solution for metros is touted as an affordable and sustainable way to bring much-needed public transport to some of the world's worst-served cities. Mercury Rail gave Kevin Smith an exclusive insight into its new Low Cost Sustainable Transport System (LCSTS).
Nigeria's government is investing billions to rehabilitate existing and build new railway infrastructure. Malcolm Dowden, consultant at Charles Russell LLP, considers the model adopted for a revamped Nigerian Railways Corporation and the difficulties it faces in achieving its goals.
Construction is underway on the initial 8km section of Lagos' first metro line. Doing business in Nigeria has traditionally been a difficult proposition for foreign companies, but as Kevin Smith discovers, by enacting an effective PPP financing structure the Lagos Area Metropolitan Transport Authority has attracted the international project management expertise required to get the Blue Line up-and-running.