Deputy Minister for Railways Development Kweku Agyenim Boateng has revealed, out of a total 947 kilometres length of Rail, only 120 kilometres were operational in 2017.
He said Addressing Parliament, the operational stretches are Takoradi to Nsuta on the Western line, as well as Accra to Tema and Accra to Nsawam on the Eastern line.
Government of Ghana is keen to revamping the country’s railway system by retraining all workers of the company to ensure modern operational standards.
With the inception of freight services from Nsuta to Takoradi for hauling manganese, the remaining sections of the rail network are not operational due to tracks track’s poor state.
The minister noted, to ensure passenger comfort and safety, over 50 track-workers have been engaged by the Ghana Railway Company Limited (GRCL) to rehabilitate the Accra-Nsawam section of the line [Eastern line].
GRCL furthermore, is in the process of securing ballast and treated wooden sleepers [railroad ties] to be used in rehabilitation works to bring the line back to good operating standards.
Similarly, on the Western line GRCL has intensified its ongoing rehabilitation of the track from Nsuta to Tarkwa.
“It is anticipated that the ongoing track-rehabilitation work on the two lines will be completed by the first quarter of 2018 for efficient train operations to commence.”
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