On Wednesday this week, the Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA) issued a request for application for the pre-qualification of the concession of the Lagos Blue Line Rail Project, which will run from Marina to Okokomaiko.
The line is part of the broader Lagos Rail Mass Transit (LRMT) network currently being developed under the Lagos Strategic Transport Master Plan. The development of the master plan was supported and funded by the World-Bank and notably identified 14 Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridors, six rail lines and one monorail.
While Lagos started with the construction of the bus rapid transit corridors, two of which are already operational, the state is now building two rail lines, known as the Blue and Red ones.
The Blue Line counts 13 stations and will run on a 27km East-West axis from Badagry to Marina on Lagos Island. The Red Line will run on a 37km North-South axis from Agbado to Marina and is under-construction after breaking ground in 2021.
The Blue Line will be the first to be operational but the project has been split into two phases to ease its development. The first phase is a 12.5km stretch from Mile 2 to Marina that will start operating at the end of 2022 and will function as a proof-of-concept for Lagos’ future metro system.
The second phase consists in doing the rail works on the remaining 14.5km stretch. It is for this second phase that the Lagos State Government is now seeking reputable and experienced railway developers, EPC contractors, rolling stock and equipment manufacturers, operators, and financiers.
“These service providers will be expected to form Consortia comprising of all the required service providers, and should provide technical, operational and financial capabilities to enhance their qualification,” LAMATA said in its notice.
Applications and expressions of interest must be submitted to KPMG by March 2nd, 2022.