Government has completed official prefeasibility engagements to start the feasibility study for the construction of railway line from Kumasi to Paga to link up with neighboring Burkina Faso.
The six months study will inform the construction of the line which is known as the Central Spine in Ghana’s railway blue print and is expected to include a comprehensive survey and the map out of the right-of-way to assist with the development of a business case and attract private sector interest in the development of the line.
A consortium led by Vision Consult Ghana limited will undertake the studies towards the development the Central Spine from Kumasi to Paga. Other partners in the consortium are Messrs Gauff Ingenieure and Messrs ILFconsulting Engineers all from the Federal Republic of Germany.
The consortium was procured through a competitive tendering process in line with the Public Procurement Act, 2003 (Act 663) as amended in 2016 (Act 914) of the Republic of Ghana.
As a greenfield rail development project, Sector Minister Joe Ghartey strongly believes there is the need to undertake a feasibility study to determine the economic, financial, social and environmental viability of the proposed 595km rail corridor between Kumasi and Paga.
The development of the project, which is in line with the Railway Master Plan completed in 2013 will improve rail and logistics infrastructure as part of an integrated transport network in Ghana, help to improve services to customers and reduce the cost of transportation, especially, in trade to and from the hinterland and the Northern regions of Ghana, as well as, the Sahelian countries.
At a recent kick off meeting held in respect of the Study, the Consortium led by Professor Kwasi Kwafo Adarkwa express their full scale readiness to start work with all their technical experts in place. The meeting was with high level officials from the Ministry of Railways Development, Ghana Railway Development Authority and the Ghana Railway Company Ltd. under the chairmanship of Deputy Minister for the Ministry, Hon. Andy Kwame Appiah-Kubi.
The assignment, which would include stakeholder consultations, will be carried out over a six month period.