Succor has come the way of residents and commuters along the Abule Egba through Oshodi axis of Lagos following the announcement by the Lagos State Government on the approval of a BRT route along the axis.
The decision to extend the BRT service to the Abule Egba – Oshodi corridor was first disclosed in January 2017 before the recent development which signals the dawn of a new era in transportation around the axis.
The BRT lane is expected to run in the middle of the expressway, starting from Abule Egba towards Oshodi. The service lanes of the expressway are also to be repaired and made more motorable.
The agency responsible for regulating the operations of the BRT scheme, Lagos Metropolitan Transport Authority (LAMATA), had earlier revealed that the plan to extend the service to the Oshodi-Iyana Ipaja-Abule-Egba route was needed to decongest the area.
Upon completion, the service is expected to facilitate easy access of persons and businesses to the Central Business Districts (CBDs) in Ikeja, Marina, Ikoyi and Victoria Island. It would also drastically reduce the travel time along that corridor from about one hour-thirty minutes to a maximum of 45 minutes.
Since the news of the approval of the news became public knowledge, residents of the axis have continued to express their thoughts on the new development. A Twitter user, Alfred Seyi said “it’s a good one. I think the gov. is doing well. Positioning himself for another term. Congratulations.”
Another user, Yusuf Adewunmi said that “them go sell die for that route. It is a gateway road. Ifo, Ota, Ijoko Atan people will stop at Abule Egba for rapid transit to Oshodi.”
On the other hand, a user, Akinbiyi James condemned the demolition by LAG in that axis. “Nice project by LASG. What then happens to those who lost their houses do demolition? #Smh,” he tweeted.
Prior to this moment, the management of the BRT scheme operate on dedicated BRT lanes across areas like Ikorodu, CMS, Onipanu, Maryland, Ojota, Fadeyi, Ketu among others..