President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has announced that development of the Tema to Ouagadougou railway interconnectivity project will start in August, with Cabinet set to approve the final route of the 1,000-kilometre rail project.
He said the project, which “started as the Tema to Paga railway line has become Ghana to Burkina Railway Interconnectivity Project,” with approximately 800 kilometres in Ghana, and 200 kilometres in Burkina Faso.
The project consultants, according to the president, have submitted their final report and the two governments have begun the final stage of procurement for the strategic investor.
“I am confident that this year the strategic investor will be chosen. The preparation for construction has already commenced; with the choice of the final route and the acquisition of land, the right of way will start immediately,” stated.
The Tema to Akwamu Mkapadan line, which is estimated to be about 100 kilometres, the president revealed, is the first section of the Tema to Ouagadougou rail line.
“At the environs of Juapong, a branch line from Tema to Mpakadan will continue through Hohoe, Nkwanta, Dambai, Yendi, Tamale, Walewale, Nalerigu, Sheini, Bolgatanga and then to Paga as the remaining 700 kilometres of the Tema to Ouagadougou Railway line.”
President Nana Akufo-Addo, who delivered his fourth State of the Nation Address, in Parliament, said the country is making significant and verifiable progress in the railways sector.
He said the rehabilitation of some of the old narrow-gauge lines have brought them back into service. “The Tema to Accra line has been operational for two years, and the Accra to Nsawam line will soon be. The Takoradi to Tarkwa line was inaugurated a few weeks ago, and is proving to be very popular – being enthusiastically patronised.”
Again, he disclosed that the contractors working on the Tema to Mpakadan line, which includes a 300-metre rail bridge over the Volta River, have given an assurance that the project will be completed in August.
“Those who travel along the Accra to Akosombo route will testify that this is a reality, as we can all see the work being done. I hope to travel on that line in August. We can safely say that the rail-line journey to Paga has begun,” he touted.
It also emerged that work is going on to develop the railway network in other parts of the country, including plans be tackle part of the Eastern Line this year, in addition to construction on the Kumasi to Nyinahin via Aduadin rail-line.
In addition to the inter-city and regional railway lines, government says it is committed to developing suburban rail-lines and inner-city light rail to ease the oppressive traffic situation within the major cities.
“What is popularly referred to as the Western Line is receiving attention. The Kojokrom to Manso section, an approximately 22-kilometre section of the line with a 350-metre viaduct, is being developed,” the president also said.