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Lagos: PPPs to modernize its urban transport infrastructure

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CPCS guides Lagos, Nigeria’s most populous city, to welcome private investors and revitalize and integrate its urban transport system

The challenge

As Lagos posts record-breaking population growth, it’s starting to improve its urban transport system accordingly.  

This is why the World Bank singled out three transportation infrastructure projects and asked CPCS to look at the potential for private sector participation and investment options in each.

“Involving the private sector is a good way to quickly prepare these projects for the challenges ahead,” shares Vivek Sakhrani, global transportation expert at CPCS.

What we did       

The selected infrastructure projects: 

  • Assess the feasibility of a common-use bus terminal for inter-state bus transport 
  • Improve accessibility to water transit
  • Engineer a satellite truck parking and holding facility to reduce port congestion and loading/unloading times

CPCS looked at public-private partnership options for each project. The experts arrived at the following conclusions:

  • Private sector participation is conditional on each bus terminal
  • Only one waterway has the potential to draw in private sector participation
  • Private sector should lead the implementation of a truck appointment system to address port congestion
lagos urban transport infrastructure
Lagos investment plan for passenger and freight


This study led the government in Lagos to invest in their bus and water transportation programs. The city now boasts at least five more transport vehicles and over 1,000 high capacity buses