Ghana Railways has procured two diesel electric multiple units from Tangshan Railway Vehicle Company (TRC)
The Sekondi/Takoradi-Kojokrom railway line in the Western Region, Ghana, has recently undergone a significant revamp, following the rehabilitation of terminals on the twin cities’ busy suburban rail network.
The rehabilitation programme covers 15km of single track from Kojokrom to Sekondi and Takoradi and includes the construction of ultra-modern freight terminals and the procurement of new rolling stock for the line.
Speaking at the commissioning the terminal in Sekondi, former Ghanaian president John Dramani Mahama declared: “This marks the beginning of the transformation of the railway network in Ghana.”
Along with the rehabilitation of terminals on the line, the Ghana Railways has purchased two new diesel multiple units (DMU) to run on the line. The Chinese -built DMUs have a six-car formation comprising two motor cars and four trailer cars and were manufactured by CNR Tangshan Railway Vehicle Co. Ltd
During the commissioning ceremony, Mahama highlighted that the Ghanaian government is in the process of securing funding to enable a national railway revitalisation project, with the Sekondi/Takoradi-Kojokrom railway rehabilitation project being the first of many that can be expected in the future.
The Western Region, which is heavily dependent on mining commodities for its economic activity, has in the past relied on rail infrastructure to haul minerals to port facilities for export. The ailing railway infrastructure in the region has, in recent years, negatively impacted freight transportation in the area. The revamping of rail infrastructure between Kojokrom, Sekondi and Takoradi, therefore, presents an opportunity for economic growth in the surrounding metropolises.
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