Work has begun on the Port Harcourt monorail project. N11 billion has already been released as part of the Rivers state government's equity for the construction of the system which is being built under a public private partnership arrangement. The monorail will be the first of its kind in West Africa.
Speaking to newsmen in Abuja, Governor Amaechi's media adviser and publicist David Iyofor stated that the monorail will provide mass transport within the Port Harcourt metropolis, decongest the roads in the city, provide a competitive mass transport solution to the city and create job opportunities.
The project has a projected cost of $US318 million, with an equity division of 20% to the Rivers state government and 80% to TSI Holdings Ltd.
The first phase of 19.5km is expected to be completed two years from the day of its foundation-laying ceremony performed by President Goodluck Jonathan during his official visit to Rivers State in May. The proposed routes for the first phase are "Aggrey Road through Station Road- Azikiwe Road and Aba Road to Water Lines Junction."
"It is intended to use the electrically driven Intamin P30 Monorail Train, designed and most suitable for commuter services in cities as seen in some parts of Europe," Iyofor said.