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RAILWAYS SET TO TRANSFORM GHANA

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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo says he is determined to revive the fortunes of the railways sector and re-establish rail infrastructure across the country.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo says he is determined to revive the fortunes of the railways sector and re-establish rail infrastructure across the country.

The President considers the railways sector as critical to the development agenda his government is pursuing and vital for Ghana’s overall growth.

“I am fully convinced that the investments we are going to make in the railway sector will be a catalyst for the socio-economic transformation of the country,” he said yesterday.

The President was inspecting construction works on the railway project at Kantamanto during his three-day tour of the Greater Accra Region.

Commuter service

The rail sector has received a huge boost under Akufo-Addo’s government. Rehabilitation work on the 56-kilometre line from Kojokrom to Tarkwa through Nsuta in the Western Region is now nearing completion.

When finished, this will lead to the restoration of passenger rail services between Tarkwa and Takoradi for the first time since 2007.

Roughly 90 per cent of rehabilitation work on the Achimota-Tema section of the Eastern Line has been completed, and test runs are ongoing.

Work is also under way on the Achimota-Accra Central and Achimota-Nsawam sections of the line. Both are expected to be completed before the end of the year.

And rehabilitation has begun on the 70.8-kilometre, narrow-gauge section of the Eastern Line from Accra to Nsawam and Accra to Tema.

Ten existing passenger coaches have undergone refurbishment, with the aim of enhancing passenger comfort when suburban commuter services reopen along the line.

All hands

President Akufo-Addo yesterday gave assurances that his government will build on this infrastructure to open up the country and tap Ghana’s wealth.

“In the process, the railways sector is going to become strong, it is going to become financially sound and it is going to become independent,” he said.

He appealed to people living along the lines to relocate for their own safety in order to avoid accidents, especially because the new trains run much faster than the ones the country has had in the past.

“I want to appeal to all those involved in this sector ‒ from minister through to the leaders of the railway authority and the railway company, workers, staff, everybody ‒ to put your shoulders to the wheel and let us establish a first-class railway infrastructure in our country to propel the development and growth of Ghana,” the President said.

Adenta road

Earlier, President Akufo-Addo inspected works on the Tetteh Quarshie-Mamfe road under which access ramps are being constructed for six foot bridges on the Madina-Pantang section.

The government has contracted Facol Ltd to carry out the emergency safety improvements to the road, which has suffered a series of accidents recently.

The access ramps under the emergency works include five signalised as well as various traffic management and safety interventions. Work will be completed in six months’ time, according to one of the contractors, Justmoh Construction.