Following the completion of several tests runs on the Accra-Nsawam rail lines, rail services are set to kick start next month, the Managing Director of Ghana Railway Company Limited (GRCL), John Essel has said.
This was made known during an inspection exercise conducted by the Railways Development Minister, Mr. Joe Ghartey, on Wednesday.
The overall rehabilitation works of the Accra–Nsawam rail-line is almost completed at about 95 percent, while the rehabilitation works on the train meant to operate rail services has been finalized three months ago.
10 coaches were earmarked to undergo the rehabilitation, which is costing GHc 1 million.
During the inspection the Minister noted that a total of GHc 105 million had been made available to GRCL over the past three annual budget periods.
Allocations from the amount have been made to improve the conditions at the Railways Training College.
The Minister stated that the Ministry is partnering with the University of Mines and Technology to turn the Training College into a tertiary institution.
Mr. Ghartey said the rest of the allocation has gone into the rehabilitation works of both the Accra-Nsawam and Accra-Tema rail lines.
Other on-going projects include the Western Railway Line (Narrow Gauge and Standard Gauge); Eastern Railway Line (Narrow Gauge and Standard Gauge); Kumasi-Paga Line (Central Spine); Tema-Mpakadan (Akosombo) Line; Ghana-Burkina Faso Railway Interconnectivity Project, among others.
In May 2019, government approved US$230million for the purchase of 30 rolling stock coaches for rail transport in the country, of which some are expected to arrive by September, this year.