The Lagos Blue Light Rail is almost ready. See what the train looks like. [Picture]

Lagos Rail Mass Transit is a system being developed and under construction in Lagos, Nigeria. The system is being sponsored by the Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA) and is envisioned to consist eventually of seven lines.

 

The railway equipment including electric power, signalling, rolling stock, and fare collection equipment will be provided by the private sector under a Concession Contract. LAMATA is responsible for policy direction, regulation, and infrastructure for the network.

 

The concessionaire will generate its own dedicated electricity. The first section of the network (Phase I of the Blue Line) was originally scheduled to enter revenue service by the first quarter of 2014. It was announced in February 2016 that operations will officially start in December 2016.

 

Here is a pictorial evidence of what the train looks like:

 

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FG’s Transportation Policy Geared Towards Industry’s Growth – El-Rufai

Gov. Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State on Thursday said the Federal Government’s transportation policy was geared towards the growth of the industry and job creation.

 

El-Rufai made the assertion when he paid a courtesy visit to the corporate office of Arik Air in Lagos.

 

“Transportation is important. The Federal Government is aware of that and we need to all advocate for the creation of appropriate policy environment for the growth of the transportation industry.

“Aviation is a key part of that inter-modal system of transportation. The government is aware and it will do the right thing,’’ he said.

 

According to him, the purpose of the visit is to find out how the Kaduna State Government can partner with Arik Air, which is the largest indigenous airline operator in Nigeria.

 

The governor therefore, called for the resumption of Arik Air’s overnight flight to Kaduna which was stopped in September 2015 and also increased frequency in its flight operations to the state.

 

“We are trying as a state government to improve our economic environment by eliminating multiple-taxation by appointing a single agency to collect taxes on behalf of the state.

“We are focused on how many jobs we can encourage or create everyday.

Our visit is to further reassure you that we will continue to create a conducive environment for businesses to thrive,’’ El-Rufai added.

 

Responding, the Deputy Managing Director, Arik Air, Capt. Ado Sanusi, said aviation was the catalyst for economic growth of any state, adding that it was a key factor in transportation.

 

Sanusi assured the governor that Arik Air would soon resume its overnight flight and also increase its flight frequency to the state.

 

“Kaduna is an important market to Arik. It is one of the routes we started immediately the airline was formed,’’ he said.

According to him, the airline will continue to partner the government in various ways that will be mutually beneficial to both parties.

 

He, however, appealed to El-Rufai to prevail on the Federal Government to create policies that would support indigenous carriers and also address the infrastructure decay in most airports in the country.

 

 

(NAN)

Tube Strike: London Commuters Deal With Queues And Delays

Commuters are dealing with long queues and delays as they try navigating London during a strike that has shut down the whole Tube network.

About 250 extra buses have been laid on but there are reports of 200 miles of tailbacks as commuters switch to cars. 

The 24-hour strike by four unions began on Wednesday evening and there will be no Tube service until Friday.

Unions are unhappy at conditions offered to drivers on a new Night Tube service due to start next month.

A long-serving LU train driver, who wished to remain anonymous, told BBC News, “We get paid an amazing salary and the holidays are great too [43 days leave including eight bank holidays] but why should I be forced to work nights and more weekends when that is not what I signed up for? It’s about the principle of changing our working conditions without discussions.

“I hate striking but I will continue to do so until the company listens or they make it illegal to strike.

“I feel sorry for commuters but instead of complaining to staff, they should complain to TfL and stand up for their rights too.” 

Commuters told the BBC they understood the reasons for the strike but they did not think “the impact on commuters was very fair”.

Traffic was heavier than usual on London’s roads at midday but extra buses have been laid on for the strike and there are hundreds of bicycles available for hire from £2 at a temporary cycle hub in Soho Square, BBC London Travel reports.

At 08:45 BST there were 428 separate traffic jams around the city causing a combined 197 miles (317km) of tailbacks, traffic analysts TomTom said.

That was double the congestion of the same time last week, but it was not as bad as during the previous Tube strike in July when there were 1,445 jams and 761 miles (1,224km) of delays.

The most congested roads were around Parliament Square, with delays of 48 minutes, and on the A40 from Wood Lane to Marylebone Road, with delays of about 30 minutes.

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RayBanCat took this image of an old bus near Holborn Circus
Coffee shop
“May the odds be ever in your favour” as a coffee shop plays on the Hunger Games and sees the lighter side of the Tube strike

“With many Londoners away on holiday and no school runs, the roads were not as congested this morning as they were during the last strike four weeks ago,” a TomTom spokesman said.

Transport for London said it would have a total fleet of 8,200 buses operating at peak times during the strike with an extra 250 vehicles leased from companies around the country and old buses including Routemasters being brought back into service. 

But even those aiming to beat the crowds and setting out on their journeys by 06:00 BST faced travel problems. 

Alessandra Bonomolo tweeted: “6:20am. Couldn’t get on the first train – too crowded” while Roxy Baker said: “Not even 6:30 and you can barely get on the 205 at Bow Church… its first stop”.

Penny farthing commuter and travel ambassadors
One commuter on Battersea Bridge took to the penny farthing to get to work while TfL ‘travel ambassadors’ have helped others
Commuters cross the river Thames on the Millennium footbridge during rush hour
Commuters cross the river Thames on the Millennium footbridge during rush hour

People are being encouraged to use alternative modes of transport to reach their destinations.

River bus service MBNA Thames Clippers tweeted: “Piers are very busy at present we’re doing everything we can to ensure passengers reach their destination, thank you for your patience

Source – www.bbc.co.uk