Sunday, 29 July 2012

3.5 Million People Use Ferry

Third Mainland bridge
About 3,350,000 passengers have passed through waterways in Lagos State between May and July, 2012, says the Lagos State Waterways Authority(LASWA). The Managing Director, LASWA, Mr. Yinka Marinho, said there was a great increase in the number of passengers who used this alternative means of travel.

 He said, “In May, about 1,238,000 passengers were recorded; in June we had over 1,305,000 and in the first half of July, 807,604 have been ferried. We hope that by the end of the month, the figure would have been doubled. This means there will be an increase of between 300,000 to 400,000 passengers.”

Repair works had begun on eight expansion joints of the bridge in July, which forced road users to ply alternative routes. The General Manager, Metro Maritime Services Limited (Metro Ferry), Mrs. Freda Adetula, confirmed this. She stated that more residents in the state had resolved to using the water transport system to get to their various destinations due the partial closure of the Third Mainland Bridge. Adetula further said passengers preferred to travel by water since the roads were clogged with vehicles, while the waterways were “free and extremely economical.” She said, “To travel with a ferry from Ikorodu to the island takes about 45 minutes, while a speed boat takes 25 minutes. “We have 27 boats of different sizes, aside those from other operators, and they are always filled with passengers, particularly when they are going to work in the morning and returning in the evening. It is more comfortable travelling by water, unlike the stress experienced when in traffic on the roads.

 Well that is them o..I really doubt I would be able to use Ferry to travel, like Wow I cant really swim x_X

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