Tolling Begins at TP2, Lekki Epe Expressway on Sunday December 16th 2012

Posted on Thursday, December 6th, 2012 at 8:53 AM

By Adeola Adeyemo

Despite the fact that Lagos residents have not fully come to terms with tolling on the Lekki-Epe Expressway, the Lekki Concession Company (LCC), has concluded plans to commence tolling at the Conservation Plaza (TP2), the second toll plaza situated along the Eti-Osa Lekki-Epe Expressway between Chevron HG and Oluwa Nisola House.

This is to commence on Sunday 16, December 2012.

The Conservation Plaza, which corresponds to the completed 9 km road section from Marwa Bus Stop to Ikota Bridge, has been in operation since January this year. However, road users have so far not been charged any toll for using that road section.

The Nation reports that the non-charging of toll was to allow the Lagos State Government more time to complete the construction of the 3.6 km alternative route that provides a bypass around the Conservation Plaza, so that road users not wishing to pay the tolls can exercise the option not to do so.

People not wishing to pay this toll can therefore use the completed the new alternative route, which can be accessed from the expressway by turning into Chevron Drive from Chevron Roundabout, then turning right after the Chevron HQ Complex, following the road running behind the Chevron HQ Complex, past the Conservation Plaza, the Scintilla Events Centre, and through Poroku Village, and eventually emerging back onto the expressway just before Oluwa Nisola House.

Toll tariffs at the Conservation Plaza will be the same as that of the Admiralty Circle Plaza located near the Oniru Estate – N50 for motorcycles; N80 for authorised commercial danfo buses; N120 for saloon cars and tricycles; N150 for SUVs, minibuses, and pickup trucks; N250 for light trucks and 2-axle buses; and N350 for heavy trucks and buses with 2 or more heavy axles.

When tolling was first introduced on the Lekki Epe Expressway, Lagos residents, especially those who use that road frequently took to the streets, protesting against the toll. With a second toll commencing along the same road in a few days time, people driving along the stretch of the road would have to pay toll twice, unless they prefer to pass the alternative routes. There are also indications that tolling would soon be introduced on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway as soon as repair works are completed along the road.

Would Nigerians fold their arms and accept this new toll?

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  • 16 Comments on “Tolling Begins at TP2, Lekki Epe Expressway on Sunday December 16th 2012”

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    • Damie December 6, 2012 at 10:44 AM

      Yes, they would. Stop trying to incite anger. There is nothing wrong with tolling as long as services are provided.

      • henrywilson December 9, 2012 at 2:59 PM

        if you use it, then yes you should pay to use it. simple concept.

    • pynk December 6, 2012 at 10:53 AM

      but they havent even finished the road. I dont understand this madness.

      • Dot December 7, 2012 at 9:21 AM

        There is no way an unfinished, fully serviced road will be tolled! The section of the road that is scheduled for tolling is fully completed and will be well managed judging from the experience of the one first section of the road. In addition, there is alternative route for people who are not interested in using the toll road.

    • Mssexy December 6, 2012 at 10:53 AM

      hian 3 tolls on a 3km stretch and u said there’s nothing wrong with it
      okay now, Lagosians u people have a very valid reason to vote ACN out of Lagos come 2015
      even Fashola trying to come for 3rd them, if he wished, wl not save them

      • Moruff Adenekan December 6, 2012 at 6:00 PM

        Dear friend, It is not 3km road. The total length of the road according to media reports is 49.8km almost 50km. The space between the first Toll Plaza and the second is about 10km for your information.
        More so, you don’t have to pay the toll an alternative route has just been constructed for you by the LASG. I ply this road nearly every day and I know that The Toll Plaza has been completed since January with people using the road without paying simply because the guys were waiting for LASG to complete the alternative route. Pls let’s get our fact right before coming to the public sphere.

    • Teebabe December 6, 2012 at 11:00 AM

      TRUST ME,NIGERIANS AINT DUMMIES ANYMORE,THEY ARE JUST WAITING FOR COMPLETION OF THE ROAD BEFORE THEY BLOW UP D TOLL GATES. HOW MUCH DOES FASHOLA PAY HIS CIVIL SERVANTS OR IS IT NOW A CRIME TO OWN A CAR.HOW CAN YOU SPEND N480 A DAY ON TOLL FOR A CONCESSION DAT WOULD LAST 30YRS, WHEN MAJORITY OF DRIVERS ARE STILL EARNING LESS THAN 100K, YOU HAVEN’T EVEN FUELED D CAR NOT TO TALK OF CAR MAINTENANCE AND YOUR PERSONAL UPKEEP.HABA!!!!!!!! FASHOLA IN THIS 3RD WORLD POVERTY RIDDEN COUNTRY WHERE 70% EARN LESS THAN $2/DAY.LAGOS STATE SHUD RETHINK COS THEY AREN’T DEALING WITH NIGERIANS OF 15YRS AGO.WE ARE TIRED OF SUFFERING AND SMILING.ALTERNATIVE ROUTE MY ASS,WHO IS DECEIVING WHO HERE,ON AN EXISTING ROAD,OH PLS COME OFF IT.

    • obinna December 6, 2012 at 1:17 PM

      @Pynk the construction is in phases and they can start tolling after each phase. remember that wear & tear sets in immediately thats why they have to start tolling in the same phases as construction goes on.
      @Mssexy But ur sha enjoying the services se? what if the road was still a 1 an half lane as before?

    • Shee December 6, 2012 at 9:08 PM

      The way some people talk can be annoying @ obinna. what do you mean we are enjoying the services. Having good roads in a state now is a privilege not a right as a citizen of a country. Taxpayers money isnt enough abi. Taxpayers money where are they channelling it to. @ Damie, u are saying no be should be incited, we dont need to be incited before we know that a government is wrong, rubbish. 2 toll points on just one axis haba, kilode. I believe power will change hands sha……

      • Adenekan Moruff December 7, 2012 at 2:57 PM

        @Abbey: Your arithmetic doesn’t reflect the reality for someone who stays in Lekki-Ajah axis. LCC has consistently asked motorist to use the E-Tag. The E-tag enables you to automatically qualify for 10% discount on your toll fare. The discount is different from the frequent user discount/incentive which enables you to enjoy as much as 70% discount that’s like paying less that N50 per trip. So everyone on e-tag pays about N94 automatically.

        I got mine. Why can’t other get theirs to safe cost and time. Time becos if you are on e-tag you move to the dedicated lane and just drive through fiam!

      • Adenekan Moruff December 7, 2012 at 3:45 PM

        My guy, don’t be annoyed… I am sure Obinna is just trying to explain to us all that the service we are enjoying on the Lekki Ajah road is beyond road. We all know that there is a Security & Emergency Patrol services. Lots of rescue operations has been done for motorists in that axis at no cost to the victim. I have seen broken down vehicles getting help from LCC guys. Substantially the street light works. You won’t find this anywhere in Nigeria at least for now.

        Also, that we are tax payers doesn’t exclude us from paying tariffs & utility bills. The road in focus here is a PPP (Public Private Partnership) driven project. The LCC road is a BOT (Build, Operate & Transfer) model. They will collect toll on the road to maintain the road, recoup their investment and make reasonable profit thereafter. Let’s give this project some more time, I believe the teething problems will be gone sooner than we think.

    • Abbey December 6, 2012 at 9:23 PM

      Does it mean that if someone stays in Ajah and works at cms, he will be #480 every day? #480 * 5 working days/week = #2400. #2400 * 4 weeks/month = #9600. This is outrageous, especially for those at the lower rung of economic ladder!.

    • highdeespencer December 7, 2012 at 2:16 PM

      @ Shee, even as much as we pay tax, the tax payers money is not sufficient to build and maintain all infrastructure in Lagos. Even if the LASG were to divert all the revenue generated from tax to just roads development and maintenance in Lagos, I’m sure you understand that we still would not have good infrastructure. Report has shown that even if we dedicate the budget of 18 years to just infrastructure, it won’t still be enough for renewal and development of our infrastructure. So firstly, I’ll say kudos to the LASG for using the Public-Private partnership Model. On the other hand, it is not compulsory to pay toll- an alternative route has been set in place. Enough of this stereotyping, it’s time to adjust to this change fast, considering it is for our uttermost benefit; stress-free journey, less cost spent on wear & tear owing to poor road, availability of prompt incidence Management for cars that breakdown, Ambulance services e.t.c, proper and uninterrupted lighting of the road at night amidst other benefits. Seriously shee, tax only cannot provide all these; the least we can do is support this new toll or go through with the alternative route. Thanks

    • cutermee December 7, 2012 at 5:44 PM

      i rember the days when lekki was a nightmare to visit,most especially after we got introduced to visiting the palms shopping mall.mehn those days were hell and hectic.give it to the LCC guys the road as been improved. i live in ayobo ipaja and i work in lekki. i will give anything for lcc to come and rescue us in ayobo with our bad roads. sure all of us in that are will gladly pay for that road to be mainted ,fixed and tolled. i used to spend about 3 to 4hrs back dn in lekki,but now even the ajah traffic does not compare to what we see in ipaja daily. i belive we should support this people,coz our taxes cannot do all. talking about taxes, why dont i have 24hrs power supply sef/ dont i pay tax but still pay nepa bills?abeggg lets just embrace change pips.

    • Collins December 10, 2012 at 2:26 PM

      i support what LCC is doing on that road. if the road where to be bad, some people would want to contribute to see the road fixed. How come when the Gov constructs these roads and maps out strategy for its maintenance people get to complain? lets embrace change.

    • Abike Cooks December 13, 2012 at 2:18 PM

      I guess it must be stressed that there is an Alternative Road provided by the State Government. The alternative route has nothing to do with state LCC at all as being peddled here & there. We all must have forgotten what the entire Lekki – Ajah axis used to be -”Bush PATH”. That road built by Jakande was just a link road to the “EPE Town”. But today what development are you seeing in that axis? I leave that to your conscience if indeed you are truthful. Road project is not joke not like your simple arithmetic. As much I have my reservation on the wideness of the alternative route, it will open up a ‘foot-path called Ogunjiran community’ to the world, to a new possibility. Report have it that land used to to be about less than N8m, but today it goes for over 18 Million.

      I think we should give LCC another six months to finish up the VGC AJah area. I am sure something beyond the ordinary is keeping them. Let’s not forget that it is in LCC’s best interest to finish up the road quickly and run into another one, something most be keeping them to delay that section of the road.