The Lagos State administration advised locals to use the overhead bridges to cross the rail track.
The Lagos State administration has cautioned residents to avoid crossing the rail track for safety concerns ahead of the start of full commercial operations on the Blue Rail Line on Monday, September 4, 2023.
Residents have been instructed to use the overhead bridges supplied by the government rather than crossing the electrified rail track, according to Gboyega Akosile, the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, in a post on his X (previously Twitter) account on Saturday, September 2, 2023.
“Dear Lagosians, please be reminded that the Lagos Blue Line Rail transport is electrified as we begin commercial operations on Monday.” It is unsafe to cross the railway tracks. Utilise the overhead bridges given by the government. “Many thanks,” Akosile wrote.
In a video clip accompanying Akosile’s post, the General Manager of Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority, Abimbola Akinajo, advised citizens to follow the Blue Rail Line laws to avoid problems.
She also raised concern about the rate at which people cut fences and dash across the Blue Rail.
“With regard to the Blue Line’s operations in particular, we all know that we have proclaimed that the Blue Line would be an electric rail system. You must use the overhead bridges to cross from one side to the other.
“This is something that all of us must understand, and we have fenced off the Blue Line’s alignment to prevent people from crossing it.” But, time and again, we witness people going there, cutting the fences, and running across.
“We went to the trouble of installing pedestrian crossings; there is access for people with physical disabilities, so there is no reason for us to cross the track.” So we just ask that people respect this and the rails because if they don’t, we’ll be in a lot of trouble,” Akinajo said.
The first segment of the rail line extends through Marina and Mile II, with stations at Marina, National Theatre, Iganmu, Alaba, and Orile.