We’II use train as a means of transport for our games & training-Akwasi Appiah


Head coach of the Senior National Team the Black Stars of Ghana, James Akwesi Appiah, has said there is a possibility players of the team may use the train as a means of transport when the need arises.

The soft-spoken coach said this during the opening of the Accra-Tema Railway station at Kantamanto in Accra in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

According to him, if the train can move faster and get to their destination on time, why not, we will board it,  he added.

He was speaking to Nhyiraba Kwabena Asirifi in an exclusive interview at the ceremony.

When asked why he came to the opening of the Railway station, the former Asante Kotoko skipper said he came there because received an invitation by the Railways Minister, Joe Ghartey because they are best friends.

He suggested clubs who travel for their matches can also use the facility to travel to other regions for their sporting activities.

The former Al Khartoum Sporting club gaffer called on every Ghanaian to support the train service because it will ease congestion .

He further called on Ghanaians to once in a while, leave their cars home and patronise the train service.

Operations of the Accra to Tema railway line have commenced.

Passengers would be treated to a free ride from today [Tuesday] 29, 2019 for two weeks.

The train embarked on its first run today at an official ceremony.

Deputy Managing Director of the Ghana Railway Company Limited, Dr. Michael Adjei Anyatei speaking at the ceremony said: “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.”

After the free ride, passengers would be charged GH¢5.00 flat rate per passenger.

The 6 carriage train which has the capacity to carry 600 passengers will for the next 2 weeks offer free rides to passengers.

The train normally leaves Tema at 6:30 am through Asaprochona in Sakumono, then to Baatsona, Shangrila, Dzowulu, Achimota, Odo at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle, then to Kantamanto in Accra.

The rehabilitation work which costs about GHc15 million was done by the engineers at the Ghana Railway Company Limited.

 

By: Isaac Mortey (Intern, Rainbow Radio)

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