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?