Ghana completes test run of rail lines from Kojokrom to Tarkwa after 12 years of no service

Ghana completes test run of rail lines from Kojokrom to Tarkwa after 12 years of no service

The Ghana Railway Company Limited (GRCL) on Tuesday, September 17, 2019, successfully carried out a test run on the rail line from Kojokrom to Tarkwa.

This follows a decision by the GRCL to rehabilitate the rail line, which has not been in operation for over a decade.

Passenger service on the Kojokrom to Tarkwa line has been out of service from September 13, 2007.

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The first phase of rehabilitation began in January 2018, with government funding the project.

Tuesday’s test run on the Kojokrom to Tarkwa rail line saw a contingent from the Ministry of Railways Development on board the train.

They included the Chief Director of the Ministry of Railways Development, Siisi Essuman-Ocran, Head of Communications at the Ministry, Naa Kwarley Quartey and the Managing Director of Ghana Railway Company Limited, John Essel.

Others were the Deputy Managing Director of GRCL Dr. Michael Adjei Anyetei, Traffic Manager of GRCL, Comfort Awinya, Secretrary General of Ghana Railway Workers Union, Godwill Ntarmah as well as some technical team and administrative staff of GRCL.

Over 300 rail workers were involved in the rehabilitation works, the Deputy Managing Director of GRCL, Dr. Michael Adjei Anyetei, said.

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He said the workers re-aligned the rail tracks, changed over thirty thousand sleepers and also undertook ballasting of the tracks.

According to him, the test runs will continue in order to ensure the safety of the line before commercial services begin.

Dr. Anyetei further assured that the Kojokrom to Tarkwa rail line will be fully operational by October 2019.

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