If you have not been to Oshodi in Lagos in recent times,you would be surprise at the huge structure and transformation in Oshodi.
Even people that live in Lagos have always wondered what structure was being put up.
Some have said it’s a train terminal, others have said it’s an Airport.
However,we can confirm that the huge project carried out by Lagos State Government is the Biggest Mega Bus Terminal & Transport interchange in West Africa.
The $70 Million project is being managed by an indigenous construction company called, Planet Projects.
It was commenced by the Akinwunmi Ambode administration in 2016 and due to be commissioned by the President in May,2019.
The transport interchange, is the first of its kind in Africa, and similar to Victoria Terminus in London, United Kingdom.
A statement from Planet Project Corporate Communication Office, explained the rationale behind the transport interchange, which it said, was informed the peculiarity of Oshodi, West Africa’s busiest transport interchange in West Africa, with over 13 parks and 5,600 buses loading per day.
It said read;
Oshodi has over 100,000 passengers and 1 million pedestrians daily, with 76 percent of its land area dedicated to transport and related activities. This leads to serious traffic congestion and other environmental issues.
“Our concept seeks to transform Oshodi into a world-class Central Business District (CBD) with business, travel and leisure activities conducted in a serene, secure, clean, orderly and hygienic environment, comparable with other transport terminals around the world including Stratford and Victoria Bus Station in the United Kingdom.”
The statement, therefore, said the transport interchange would consolidate all the 13 city and interstate bus parks into 3 multi-storey terminals, providing standard facilities including waiting area, loading bays, ticketing stands, drivers lounge, parking areas, rest rooms, accessible walkways and pedestrian sky-walks linking all the 3 terminals.
According to the statement, other components of the Mega Bus Terminal includes:
• 20 lifts and escalators
• Two sky-walks connecting the terminals to each other
• Architectural LED Lights
• Passenger concourse
• Public address systems
• Bus depot
• Passenger drop-off areas
• Taxi and car parks
• Passenger lounge for intercity commuters, loading bays, passenger information systems, etc.
It also explained the benefits of the transport interchange, which it said, ensure the reduction of the traffic congestion and chaos traditionally experienced at Oshodi with a reduction in the scattered and unruly transport activities, leading to a world-class excellent transport experience for commuters and an improvement in the standard of life of Lagos residents.
With the consolidation of all transport activities, the statement said a lot of the informal economic activities “will be brought into the tax-net of the State government and Oshodi would thus be rebranded as the new and iconic face of Lagos.
“With the ongoing pace of works, the project is billed to be completed this month, and operations commencing soon after.
Commuters around Lagos can therefore look forward to having a comfortable, accessible and world-class transport system.”