By Florence Onuegbu, Lagos.
The Lagos State Government says it has received two trains – TALGO SERIES 8 – for its Red Line Rail System.
The Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Gbenga Omotoso, made this known in a statement on Tuesday in Ikeja.
He said that the arrival of the trains was another major milestone in the government’s determination to start the operations of the Red Line Rail System by the first quarter of 2023.
“The 2 Nos. Ten and Eleven Car trains, which were bought from Milwaukee, are here,” he said, adding that it was necessary to decouple the train into 21 individual cars for effective transportation to Lagos.
The commissioner said that the trains would be recoupled with the help of rolling stock engineers from Talgo, the company that manufactured them in the United States of America.
“The engineers will also take the opportunity to train our local engineers, while they are here, to equip our young people with the requisite skills.
“Once the recoupling is complete, the testing and commissioning will commence, followed by full passenger operations in the first quarter of 2023.
“Each train can carry 1500 passengers and is expected to run on the Red Line Rail from Agbado to Oyingbo, with the journey taking less than 30 minutes”, Omotoso said.