- Drivers and passengers have virtually abandoned the Achimota new station
- The 800-vehicle capacity station was constructed at a cost of GH¢4.5 million
- Drivers have cited several reasons why the situation is such
The Achimota Transport Terminal, popularly known as Achimota New Station, isreportedly underutilised by both drivers andpassengers.
Built with the intent of reducing road carnages o the Achimota-Nsawam highway, the 800-vehicle capacity station constructed at a cost of GH¢4.5 million has not been utilised as was initially expected.
A visit by Graphiconline.com to the terminal reports that, majority of drivers and passengers who preferred using the shoulders of the Accra-Nsawam road than to use the terminal have cited various reasons for their actions.
The drivers said they did not make much money when they operated at the terminal as compared to when they were at the Achimota Old Station.
Passengers who spoke to the Daily Graphic said they had difficulty in accessing the terminal, adding that it took close to two hours for a bus to get the full set of passengers, instead of the 20 minutes that they were used to.
A driver, Kwesi Aboagye, who plied the Achimota to Tema route, said he began work at dawn but had only gone one trip as of 1p.m. last Wednesday.
“I started work today at dawn but I have only gone one trip, it is already 1p.m. and the bus is not even half full for me to start the next journey,” he bemoaned.
Another driver, Abdul Malik, said when passengers sat in the buses for a long time, they get down and do not come to terminal the next time.and it was taking a toll on their finances since they did not own the buses
“Most of us don’t own these buses. We need to make sales to pay the vehicle owners and use the rest to take care of the family but we do not get enough," he noted.
The terminal, said to be one of the biggest and cleanest in the West African sub-region, has a clinic, a police station, two passenger halls, passenger sheds, five canteens, toilet facilities and an administration block.
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