Accra –Tema railway making more strides – Minister reveals

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Joe Ghartey, Minister for Railways Development says the Accra-Tema railway line is gaining more patronage.

The Minister said the Accra-Tema railway line is in good shape and Ghanaians are patronizing it very well.

This comes after the Ministry reduced the flat Accra-Tema rail line from GHc5 to GHc3.

The reduction came after the rail line was opened to the public, with the hope of increasing patronage of the railway service.

The Minister speaking to Accra based Citi FM said punctuality should be the value in running the railway line.

“People are relying on us to join other modes of transportation. From what I hear and understand, patronage for at least the Accra Tema line is going up. So as we do this, the workers must be more aggressive, innovative and think outside the box and it will be well.”

The Accra to Tema railway line, commenced operations in February this year.

 

Patronage is said to be high because Accra is the hub of business and a lot of companies have their head offices in Accra.

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The government said they are focused on resurrecting the virtually non-existent railway sector.

The Ministry of Railways Development in collaboration with the Ghana Railway Company Limited run a diesel multiple unit (DMU) train which seats 360 persons with ample room for tens more to stand.

It is powered by onboard diesel engines and requires no separate locomotive, as the engines are incorporated into one or more of the carriages.

The train departs from the Community 1 Station at 6:00 am daily and make stops at the Tema Fishing Harbour, Tema Harbour Station, Asoprochana Station, Nungua Barrier (Mile 11), Addogonno (Mile 9), Batchona Station, Airport, Abelenkpe, Achimota Station, Odaw Station (Circle) before docking at the Accra Central Railway Station at 7:30 am.

Later in the day at 5.40pm, it departs from the Accra Central Railway Station for Tema. It will make stops at Odaw Station (Circle), Achimota Station, Batchona Station, Asoprochana Station, Tema before stopping at the Community 1 Station at 7:22 pm

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