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Traffic Issues In Lagos. What Can Be Done?

The road traffic issue is a serious issue in Lagos; imagine in it's simplest form, spending 4-5hours everyday on the road!! You can bring out a lot of disadvantages in that - wasted man-hours,wasted profits,etc,

Please give your short, straight-to-the-point opinion of what can be done to reduce or eradicate this monster in Lagos,

The floor's open,

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Victoria Island on Oyin Jolayemi Street, last updated 6 min(s) 44 sec(s) ago

(Karimu Kotun Street -> Akin Adesola Street = 20% congestion) (Akin Adesola Street -> Karimu Kotun Street = 100% congestion)

Victoria Island on Sanusi Fafunwa Street, last updated 8 min(s) 42 sec(s) ago

(Akin Adesola Street -> Adetokunbo Ademola Street = 100% congestion) (Adetokunbo Ademola Street -> Akin Adesola Street = 90% congestion)

Victoria Island on Ajose Adeogun Street, last updated 54 min(s) 37 sec(s) ago

(Adetokunbo Ademola Street -> Ligali Ayorinde = 20% congestion) (Ligali Ayorinde -> Adetokunbo Ademola Street = 90% congestion)

(Source: http://www.xtraffix.com)

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Are we talking about AREA boys or TRAFFIC on Lagos roads including the state of the roads?

papa.

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have oyu noticed that theres no road that is smooth for 25metres in lagos,thats my reasoning when i said a state of emergency should be declared.

area boys can be taken care of easily cos once govt is against it,theres no way they will survive.bt the lagos govt condones them,the main reason that the are powerful.

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@seun 001, sorry to disappoint you, but that would bring the number of Area boys to the multiple of 5. Believe me as there would be more homeless people nad they will take to drugs more.

Find a better solution. I believe one exists.

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if i were governor i would try hiking prices of rates to live in lagos, this would give incentives for people to go to other cities. use that money, provide a more reliable transportation system.expand the city, and start planing.

very funny some suggestions u get to hear on this site.lol;

dnt u think lagos will now be exclusively for the rich.some people will pay a fortune to stay in lagos,and therefore some people will work for this people that are in lagos.back to the topic;

somebody was even saying lamata has tried,wot did they do hmm!

digging up roads that were never enuf in the first place cannot be a solution.people now avoid ikorodu road like a plague cos of the hold-ups u are sure to encounter there,hw can u dig up a road that is not ok,i felt like crying for road users in lagos,all in the name of brt.the number of accidents this digging has caused should be left unsaid(eni kon lo mo).

people are suggesting taxing the people that use the road as if we dont pay multiple taxes in the first place.

we have abundant oil revenues in this country that if we start building bridges in every state for the next couple of year,there will be no drain on our resources.

the helplessness of this is that in this same holdup,u get robbed,i know people that have been robbed at least 4 times.a friend of mine had to fly out of the country to treat his gunshot wounds that he sustained.

we should declare a state of emergency with respect to our roads.then find solutions to the problem.

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we need a subway system, good roads, traffic lights ( good ones ), and so on

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I wont discourage the use of Lagbus, it is also done in London, what the government need to do is to purchase more buses and at the same time make stops on each 4minutes drive.  It shouldn't be that a bus will move from 7up straight to Obalende, that is absurd, I think what should be done is to give buses different routes and they should number them take for instance bus 177 should be taking the route of Ikeja to Maryland, and bus 202 from Ojota to Ogba and so on.

Apart from this, the government need to ask ever owners of a car to be doing MOT every 3months, MOT is meant for checking the cars that are still okay to be used on our road, the ones that are not good should be taken away and sold to manufacturer who will repair it and the owner will be able to pay instalmentally.

Moreover the government should quickly implement the use of Railway, they need to give contract on constructing both underground and overhead railway lines. This will equally reduce the rate of traffic in this congested area.

Without a good plan, I am assuring you that Lagos will be worse than the unnoticeable state in America.

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This is one of the reasons I can't live in Lagos. . .I guess lagosians are used to it.

But to think of it Lagos is Tapping. . .That's why most people wouldn't leave.

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Dont get me wrong, I din't say it is not workable. Anything is possible. Especially with the tracker and monitoring device you just explained. i think RFIDs can do this if i'm right

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are you saying that is not workable?

fix every car with some sort of tracker and have monitoring devices around Lagos state. no tracker you car gets crushed or seized

this will get rid of the status/class mentality esp when you have to fork out N20,000 for every to and fro

This will half the number of private vehicles on Lagos road generate massive revenue for building at least 6 bridges and proper roads within Lagos.

a bit draconian but Lagos needs a major surgery as it is

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well d trfik problem in lagos is somtin i dont even want to talk about.imagin trafik into d island in d morning @ about 7am and d same tin around 5pm.

i once stayed in trafik between eko hotel and bonny camp (both in VI) from 5pm till around 8pm A TRIP OF ABOUT 5 MINS

the metro scheme would be a lovely one but lagos is so conjested that for it to work,we would av to demolish so many houses.

or wat do u tink?>

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if i were governor i would try hiking prices of rates to live in lagos, this would give incentives for people to go to other cities. use that money, provide a more reliable transportation system.expand the city, and start planing.

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The situation is getting out of hand!imagine,Ikeja to surulere in 3 hours?.I think the solution is to either implement a Subway system or build other vehicle routes.This their BRT scheme is just a waste of money cos i don't understand why you should want to limit the whole of lagos to just 2 lanes!Before you implement a metero bus system,you have to ensure that motorists have alternative routes which Lagos definately lacks.

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Sorry!!! This problem can never be solved, no be EPE, na true i dey yearn you.

My reasons are:

1. If the govt introduces train means of transportation, it will never be maintained

2. The introduction of Lagbus can never solve the problem so far it is done in Nigeria

3. The govt can never enforce the law that da-ku-da-ji motors should not be drove in such city like Lagos.

4.  If a car is batched in Lagos, do u think he will let others go without solving that issue first?

5.  The mentality of Lagosians is that If I want to buy just handkerchief on the road, others will have to wait for me to finish first before I give way.

All these just to mention but a few will never allow free flow transport in Lagos of ou own.

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@seun

The solution is to move to a different city. Lagos is not the only place you can live in Nigeria, is it?

did u read the question?

also if security and power is in place, 24hr biz would not need to be enforced. It will happen naturally. Afterall even with the lack of security and power some areas of Lagos are already almost 24hr run.

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Until we have visionary leaders in this country, our cities will end up like Lagos. Chaos! with no progress.

I am disappointed to see that LASG is working on BRT in 2007 digging up Ikorodu road in the name of mass transit while the problem is being compounded. We all know that previous bus progs. (LSTC, Labour mass, City Bus etc) failed and we have zero maintenance culture.

The govt. failed to embrace a subway mass transit proposal in 1972 ( I learnt) under a BOT scheme while other like Malaysia, Singapore jumped at the offer. It is all about vision.

Imagine, an international (known) business investor wanted to intest in Rail and light rail in Nigeria only to be denied by our govt. reason: we don't want to sell our heritage. i.e our railways. Shame. Lots of job opportunities wasted. We want our trailers to keep moving goods up north.

Other Problems:

1. 80% of road users and drivers do not understand the rules of driving. (Most carry a drivers' licence though)

2. Selfishness & Impatience on the roads. We are all in a hurry.

3. Disregard of the rule of law. Tanker drivers & Co. Ltd

4. Improper land use. Shops and markets at wrong areas.

5. Traders & hawkers create traffic to aid sales.

6. Bad roads. Craters in some places. Poor maintenance.

7. No street lights to aid night driving.

The list could go on,

We need a properly planned mass transit system comprising land, waterways, rail & monorail and subway. Planned and executed by major consulting and construction bodies and funded by the private local and foreign investors.

Without this, Lagos will surely explode in a few years to come.

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you be a businessman and start it?

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@ Seun and oIo,

DId you miss out on the keywords "Street lights and heavy security"

Implementing a 24-hour megacity won't only ease the flow of traffic due to the availability of work-time options, it'll also reduce unemployment.

If electricity is stable and there's adequate security, i see no reason why Lagosians shouldn't be flexible in their schedule. Even churches'll run 247.

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decongest lagos, develop the ogun lagos border axis, build more bridges esp 4th mainland, improve the waterways with comfortable ferries, and a railway mass transit

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angel101 is 100% correct on this issue. i made the same suggestion in another post about Lagos.

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For those of you talking about the subway, a major drawback to thinking people using it will probably be wondering how many corners were cut and what inferior materials were used in building it. Nobody wants to be buried alive.

Look at the number of drownings on ferries all over the country; it's unacceptable.

A way of solving 3rd mainland bridge's problems is to get a ferry to transport cars across and reduce the stress on that bridge, but when will that happen? Look how long they've been talking about the 4th mainland bridge.

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Make some people leave this lagos and go to any other state wey them like. Empty space dey my villa, your villa.

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maybe the crew of the enterprise could help with some beam transporting or better still, lets keep fit and all ride bikes.

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@Hero's suggestion of a metro system is the most effective solution. However, the depth of corruption in the kleptocracy that rules every level of government in Nigeria will prevent this from happening.

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@ oIo, when u talk of re-orientation u 4get to realise that waiting for all nigerians (nay indisciplined lagosians) to be re-orientated is on their own is impossible. Enforcement is it! When they started enforcing the use of sit belts see how lagosians complied. Abuja was made up of "crazy nigerians" mostly from lagos untill elrufai forced them into compliance. Political will is what is needed here cos a renewal of the city would surely usurp many interests.

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odd numbers and even numbers has been tried b/4, didnt work.

the place has to be depopulated.

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Take a good look at areas people are migrating to, for example mowe-ibafo-and-co axis, you'll find out that the same issues are still very much present though in their infancy.

Proper Urban housing and population Planning too has its own share of the blame.

I even suggest that a total stock of vehicles be taken and time slots allocated to each of them as regards movements to particular areas (for instance,Car AB123CDF can only move from Mainland to Island via 3rd Mainland bridge between 7-9am). What doo you think about this?is it realistic?

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13million is just too much for a small area like lagos,

the jobless( alayes,area fathers,omo onile,agbero,yahoo boys etc) has to be rounded up and move to farms,that will help to depopu lagos.

then the gov will embark on reorg. lagos. provide garagens,wipe out danfo,street or on the road trading must go,enforcing the traffic laws,moving wrongly parked veh.

building more road networks and proper maintanance of the existing ones.

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The solution is to move to a different city. Lagos is not the only place you can live in Nigeria, is it?

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Reorientation- good point @oIo.

Another point to ponder on.

When we speak of traffic stagnancy in Lagos, I immediately begin to think of the significant commercial areas first - places like Marina, Idumota, Tinubu, etc and its surrounding environs before moving into areas like Ikoyi and Victoria Island – where we see some major businesses headquartered.

Before any project (subway/metro system) is being physically implemented we need to learn to work what we have first- we need to improve our maintenance culture.

I mean how can we think of managing an underground roadway system when we cannot even fix the pre-existing eyesores above the ground like pot holes, clogged drains/sewers, damaged traffic lights, refuse on bus stops, ubiquitous hawkers, beggars and miscreants.

It would be quite thoughtful to reduce the congestion in Lagos by devising solutions to this issues first before carrying onto any other project.

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Let's take it to the basics: How many drivers on lagos' roads went to a valid driving school and got their licenses in a legitimate way?

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Imagine a state like Lagos with the Lagoon and Ocean reaching wide, yet all those businessmen refuse to set up water transport system. Only the Tarzan Water Transport Company is functioning. The rest are waiting for Government. Na so so government this, government that. Lagos business people should invest in WATER TRANSPORT.

Then secondly, I repeat all those people that are saying Nigeria is not good, let them go! Our roads are choked, the price of real estate is skyrocketing. Let them GO!

Thirdly, I believe as places like Calabar and Jos continue to prosper, people will start migrating there. Personally, I hope I can put together enough cash to get a decent place near Tinapa by the middle of next year.

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Lagos needs a serious plastic sugery, and to carry that out we need someone like el rufai or a strong-willed governor.

Most of the views advocated above are correct but the will to implement is rare. If lagosians dont set a strong urban renewal agenda for fashola, i have a prediction: in few years time there'll be a massive drift away from lagos to other coastal cities like calabar. Its happening globaly (movement to more condusive environs) as in haliburton moving headquaters from texas to dubai. The situation in lagos has reached a point of emergency. In festac where i stay, what was a model fed estate, now has nightmarish roads. Rail system, ferry system, smooth roads, illegal parking of trucks on bridges, dirty streets, disgusting drainage, street hawking, LAGOS NEEDS A GOVERNOR THAT CAN KICK Bottom!!!

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Ideally, a metro or subway system is the best solution.

1.However, lets realise that Lagos has grown (not developed) in leaps and bounds without any form of planning. It will be quite difficult to construct a workable subway system without enourmous changes which i doubt can be afforded.

For me I still believe a developed ferry system is the most viable solution for now. There is no where in the Lagos metropolis that cannot be easily accessed by water. Why dont we find a way of developing this?

2. The traffic situation in Lagos is caused by one of the following: Bad roads, inadequate road network, wrong road usage by road users and large number of vehicles on the road. All but the last one can be eliminated.

If all the port holes on our roads are filled, drainages cleaned and made to flow properly and earth roads tarred 30% of the traffic will have been reduced.

If more roads and bridges are constructed (for example leading in and out of V/Island) another 30% will have been reduced.

If Trucks dont park on the road, buses only use bus stops instead of picking and dropping passengers in the middle on expressways, if drivers are a little bit more patient and refuse to drive 'one-way', if pedestrians cross expressways only by using pedestrian crossing another 30% is gone

The last 10%? well we really cant stop people driving dem cars, can we?

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While i agree with a railway/subway system, let us first look at what is on ground.

1. Refuse management. In a lot of cases, refuse takes up half the road so motorists are left with a single lane for a 2 way traffic.

2. Pot holes. This obviously slows the flow of traffic which builds up and causes problems. In other words, smooth roads = smooth road traffic.

3. Drainage. Poor drainage = flooding = traffic problems.

4. Hawkers. Should obviously be stopped. but then again i think the hawkers are able to hawk on the roads as a result of the traffic.

5. Enforcement of traffic laws. I realise that the one way system in VI is being enforced but I think more needs to be done about other traffic offences e.g realistic fares should be put in place for those who create additional lanes when there is a bottle neck.

6. Decent mass transit buses should be introduced and regulated.

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Lagos is the only mega city in the world without a subway or metro system of any kind period and it is in such a predicament that much of the cities traffic problem sits. The metro systems for New York, London, Tokyo, Mexico City, RIO, Sao Paulo, Moscow, Bombay all transport MILLIONS of passengers a day each.

Metro system in a city the size of Lagos is detrimental for maintaining a smooth transportation flow, in that they take the people off of the surface of the city and transports them under the city and or above it. Lagos needs a major metro system pronto, there is no other way to clear its gridlocked streets. It's expensive to develop though its value to a city is worth every last dime spent to create it.

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The Federal Government should help in acquiring visa for all those Nigerians who want to leave the country so that they can get out and stop occupying space!

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