The China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) on Monday confirmed connecting the Lagos-Ibadan rail line to the Apapa Port, Lagos.
The company wrote in a tweet that: “On the morning of Jan. 25, 2021, the #LagosIbadanRail was officially connected to the Apapa Port in #Lagos, the largest port in #Nigeria.”
It also disclosed that “with the successful pouring of the last 25-meter monolithic track bed superstructure of Apapa Port Break Bulk Line, the Lagos-Ibadan Railway was officially connected to the Apapa Port in Lagos.
“The Apapa Port Spur Line of Lagos-Ibadan Railway starts from the Mobolaji Johnson Station, Ebute Metta and extends southward to Apapa Port, with a total length of 8.72km.”
According to the CCECC, linking the Lagos-Ibadan railway to the port is very important considering that it serves the import and export transportation passage, which is also a significant guarantee for the operational efficiency of the railway.
It added that “The Apapa Port Spur Line, passing through the old town of Lagos, was an extremely tough nut to crack because of its dense underground pipelines, high underground water level, complex geological conditions and numerous ground constructions. The project department made full preparations at the very beginning. Through nearly three years of unremitting efforts, the project is now progressing smoothly.
“CCECC worked around the clock, whilst ensuring pandemic prevention and control, and finally completed construction of 2 culverts, 9 groups of switch laying, 2.2km of ballasted track laying, and pouring of the 793m monolithic track bed within one month, demonstrating the “CCECC Speed” and the responsibility of CCECC constructors.”