The Ministry of Railways Development in collaboration with the Ghana Railway Company Ltd. has relaunched the Accra – Tema passenger train service with a marked improvement in its customer service after a long break of rehabilitation works on that part of the Eastern Line.
The move forms part of the Ministry’s mission to develop and modernize Ghana’s railway system across the country.
The launch which was opened with a three-hour return train ride thus Accra - Tema – Accra, will be followed by a daily free shuttle service from on the 30.8km stretch for two weeks ending on 11th February 2019 after which shuttle tickets will be on sale for GH¢5.00 per trip.
Amongst the high level Government officials on board were sector Minister, Hon. Joe Ghartey, Minister for Information, Hon. Kojo Oppong Nkrumah and the Greater Accra Regional Minister, Hon. Ishmael Ashitey.
Others included Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Railways Development, Hon. Andy Appiah-Kubi, Chief Executive of the Ghana Railway Development Authority, Mr. Richard Dombo Diedong, Managing Director of Ghana Railway Company Ltd. Mr. John Essel, the Mayor of Accra, Mr. Mohammed Adjei Sowah, Managing Director of the State Insurance Company, Mr. Stephen Oduro and the Managing Director of the Ghana Commercial Bank, Mr. Ray Sowah.
The reopening of the Accra – Tema section of the Eastern Line coincides with the 120th anniversary of the introduction of railway in Ghana and it comes with a marked improvement in customer service on board.
Therefore commuters who patronize the shuttle service will henceforth experience some exciting customer services on board the Diesel Multiple Unit (DMU) trains on each trip the embark on.
The sector Minister Hon. Joe Ghartey who could not hide his joy at the reintroduction of the train service charged the workers of the Ghana Railway Company Ltd. to do everything possible to owned the service and protect it.
Passenger service operations on the section of the eastern Line was suspended following a derailment in October 2017.