Confirmed: Tema-Accra rail service starts today

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The much awaited passenger rail services for commuters along the Tema-Accra line will take off today.

Minister of Railways Development – Joe Ghartey and officials of Ghana Railway Company Limited will this morning take the inaugural service from Accra Central Station at 7:45am to Tema and back.

The service was scheduled to take off on Saturday, January 19, 2019 as part of the 120th anniversary celebration of Ghana Railway Company Limited.

However, authorities were compelled to suspend the takeoff due to the activities of encroachers who had erected temporary wooden makeshift structures along the railway lines, posing danger to human lives.

Encroachers retuned during Christmas and New Year break

The encroachers were said to have ostensibly returned to the sides of the railway line when the workers went on the Christmas and New Year break.

Squatters all over

Hundreds of squatters use the spot of land along the rail lines at Avenor, Graphic Road, Dzorwulu, Dome, Tesano, Achimota and Agbogbloshie – all in the capital city of Accra – as a place for habitation and business.

Human activities close to the railway lines

In these areas, it was clear that human activities close to the railway lines make it dangerous to commence operations.

Encroachers pose danger

The development posed danger to hundreds of Ghanaians who are currently living along the railway lines.

Market springs up at Kwame Nkrumah Circle

For example, at Kwame Nkrumah Circle, a market sprang up near the railway line during the Christmas holidays, and umbrellas of hawkers rubbed against the train as it was passing.

Minister of Railways Development, Joe Ghartey gave the Ghana Railways Company Limited two weeks to clear all squatters for the service to commence.

GH¢5 flat rate after Free ride

According to the company, it would charge a flat rate of GH¢5 per passenger.

National Railway Act prohibits illegal structure

Under the National Railway Act, it is unlawful for any structure to be built within 100 feet of the rails.

However, the squatters have built as close as five feet to the railway lines.

Source: The Finder

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Kennedy Mornah is an Award Winning Ghanaian Journalist with over two decades of experience in the Ghanaian Media landscape spanning the electronic, print and digital media. He is a Media Consultant, a Corporate MC, Radio and TV Host, Founder and Publisher of the Maritime and Transport Digest Newspaper, Businessman, a Go getter and an optimist. He has worked for renowned media organizations including Diamond Fm in Tamale, Luv Fm in Kumasi, Oman Fm in Accra and Starr Fm in Accra In 2017 he received the Reporter of the Year Award at the Ghana Shippers Awards in Accra, Ghana.

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