Minister of Transportation Rotimi Amaechi has said the laying of tracks of Lagos-Ibadan standard gauge rail line would start in December, 2017.
He also said Jibowu and Costain bridges in Lagos would be demolished to give way for the new railway lines.
Amaechi made the remarks in Lagos on Monday when he met with the Steering Committee of the project and the China Civil Engineering Construction Company (CCECC).
The minister said “The two bridges that we may likely demolish are Jibowu and Costain to give way to the rail lines.
“But we are rebuilding them immediately; we are not going to abandon them.”
He added that CCECC would start laying tracks by December in Lagos, noting that parts of the rail lines that would be used for the project would arrive the country by end of November.
The minister, while inspecting the level of work done, called for speedy work by CCECC so as to meet the deadline.
He called on Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to ensure that adequate security is provided for officials of CCECC handling the construction.