The Ghana Railway Company through the Ministry of Railway Development has currently restored a pivotal portion of railway transport in the country. As reported by Business Insider the Minister for Railway Development spearheaded the re-launch of the Accra-Tema rail lines.
Rail lines will connect the country’s capital city, Accra to the industrial centre, Tema.
From the officials of the Ghana Railway Company, commuting from Accra Central to Tema will take approximately 1 and a half hours. That is, if passengers decide to go by train instead of the usual buses and taxis. The officials also made it known that the train will make about six stopovers along the line before getting to its final destination.
There is a freebie on the side. The Railway Company is putting in efforts to entice Ghanaians to patronise the service. They are offering free rides to commuters for two good weeks. After the two weeks of free transport, passengers will begin to pay for the service.
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Joe Ghartey, the Railway Development Minister expressed his excitement at the launch. He said he was happy to see the progress the railway sector is making under his term in office. Ghartey promised Ghanaians that they would see great development in the railway sector in the coming days.
The Minister praised the railway workers, indicating that most of the work done in the sector currently was done by the railway workers themselves.
“Our own people put the rail line together all by themselves. This is not to say we do not need help but I am happy to say our men did this. The Accra Tema rail was not operating when we took over office. There was some derailment some time back and that was why we had to close the railway. By God’s Grace, we’ve done a bit of work and the fruits are showing. The rail sector is a difficult one if you ask me.”
Quick Ghana railway background…
Formerly, there were two rail lines that used to work. Those lines carried people for Accra to Tema and Accra to Nsawam. Because of the lack of maintenance, the system got into a poor state they stopped operating years ago. The trains got old and rusty, and the rail lines were in a poor state. Since the government didn’t seem to care, people encroached on land portions of the lines as well.