The Ministry for Railway Development, John Peter Amewu has announced that the Tema-Mpakadan railway line will be completed by the end of 2022.
The Minister who was addressing journalists noted that he was confident the project would be completed by the end of the year.
According to him, despite the delay in its completion, work on the project is ongoing in earnest.
The project begins from Tema in the Greater Accra Region, through Afienya, North Tongu District in the Volta Region and ends at Mpakadan, a few kilometres from Akosombo.
“We’re hoping that by the end of the year, we should be seeing a practical completion. What we intend to do is to procure two fairly used [trains] to ply between Tema and Mpakadan for passengers.”
“We are aware of the heavy traffic between Afienya and Tema and so if we are able to put those vehicles on the track, it is going to take that pressure off the road and make commuters comfortable. We are working towards that, and it will be done shortly”, the Minister assured
The Tema-Mpakadan rail line is part of the 1,000km Ghana-Burkina Faso Railway Interconnectivity Project which will link Ghana from Tema to Burkina Faso’s capital, Ouagadougou.
In 2017, Ghana and Burkina Faso signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in in Ouagadougou to kick-start the project.
Per the scope of the project, some 800km of the railway line will be in Ghana’s territory, while the remaining 200km will be on Burkinabe soil.
The project, when completed, will be a modern, standard gauge rail line.