Ghana Railway suspends free train rides as traders put up stores on tracks

Ghana Railway suspends free train rides as traders put up stores on tracks

The Ghana Railway Company Limited (GRCL) has suspended plans to transport people on the Tema-Accra line free of charge due to encroachment. GRCL planned to begin the much-touted free ride on Tuesday, January 8, 2019.

The company has now set January 19, 2019 as the new date for the test run of the passenger train service on the Tema-Accra Line, which was suspended on October 27, 2017 following derailment of a train at Alajo, a suburb of Accra.

At the time of the derailment, the train was carrying 100 passengers.

The Daily Guide reports that after several months of rehabilitation, GRCL announced late last year that it was going to commence a Tema-Accra shuttle service from December 22 to December 31.

It then revealed that following a successful test run, normal operations were going to commence free of charge from January 2nd to the middle of January 2019.

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However, a statement issued by management of GRCL on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 in Accra, said the suspension had been necessitated by encroachment observed at Kwame Nkrumah Circle, Avenor and Achimota.

The statement indicated that the Minister of Railways Development, Joe Ghartey and management of GRCL, made the observation when they visited the areas on Monday night to get first-hand information.

According to the statement, “The encroachers ostensibly returned to the lines when GRCL workers went on Christmas break.”

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Meanwhile, the Deputy Minister of Information, Pius Enam Hadzide has explained how the fugitive CEO of Menzgold Ghana Limited, Nana Appiah Mensah, got a now-famous photo opportunity with President Akufo-Addo.

According Hadzide, Nana Appiah Mensah popularly known as NAM 1 was part of a 10-member Ghana Football Association (GFA) and Confederation African Football (CAF) delegation that paid a courtesy call on Akufo-Addo at the Jubilee House in Accra.

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