Achimota-Nsawam rail service to begin soon

As part of on-going projects in the railway sector, the Accra-Nsawam rail service is set to re-open soon, as rehabilitation works on the Achimota–Nsawam section of the line are about 95 percent complete.

This was made known by the Minister for Railways Development, Joe Ghartey at a press briefing held in Accra on Wednesday.

The Minister said, “test runs have commenced and the line is expected to be reopened for commercial operations soon.”

He confirmed that refurbishment of old locomotives and passenger coaches was still ongoing.

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; and Accra and Kumasi Metro/Light Rail Transit Systems.

Explaining further, the Minister noted that on the Western Line, there is ongoing rehabilitation of 56km of the existing narrow gauge line from Kojokrom to Tarkwa through Nsuta by the workers of the Ghana Railway Company Limited.

Construction is being undertaken on sections of the Kojokrom-Eshiem (five kilometres) by Messrs Amandi Holdings; Eshiem–Manso and beyond (17km) by Messrs Amandi Holdings; Manso–Tarkwa (34km) by Messrs China Railway Wuju Corporation; Tarkwa–Dunkwa (97km) by Messrs China Railway Wuju Corp; and Dunkwa–Kumasi (103km) and Dunkwa–Awaso (73km).

Ghartey indicated that negotiations had been concluded with Messrs China Railway Wuju Corporation for the continuation of the new standard gauge line to Dunkwa.

Currently, a funding arrangements i ongoing with the China Development Bank (CDB) for a US$1-billion credit facility, out of which US$500 million has been earmarked for the Western Line.

He said Cabinet and parliamentary approval is to be obtained on the loan agreement and indicated that expected commencement date is July 2019.

By Joshua W. Amlanu