Months after a shutdown of the Accra to Tema railway line, operations have commenced today, Tuesday, with the train embarking on its first test run.
The 6 carriage train which has the capacity to carry 600 passengers will for the next 2 weeks offer free rides to passengers.
Speaking to journalists, Deputy Managing Director of the Ghana Railway Company Limited, Dr. Michael Adjei Anyatei assured passengers of safer rides.
“The resumption of the train to commute people from Accra to Tema is a bold step in decongesting the city by providing safer and cheaper means for people who come in and out of the city. As you know, the city has a resident population of about 1.9 million but during the day the number goes to about 4 million.”
He said the number goes up largely because Accra is the hub of business and a lot of companies have their head offices in Accra “so everybody moves to the city centre early in the morning and leave by evening.”
“So providing a better alternative means of coming into the city it will be a better way of decongesting the roads and making the roads much safer,” he added.
The Railway Company postponed the free rides early on in January 2019 to take care of some repair works on the tracks.
The company also said the postponement was due to the activities of squatters along the tracks.