Kumasi to Buipe railway line to commence in 2019

Ghana’s renewed commitment to open up its economy through the construction of major railway lines to link the south and the north continue to receive a boost.

At the presentation of 2019 Budget and Economic Policy Statement of the Government of Ghana by the Finance Minister on the floor of Parliament, Thursday, Mr. Ken Ofori-Atta told Members that Phase 1 of the construction of the railway line from Kumasi to Buipe will commence next year.

This follows the completion of feasibility studies of the proposed 596km Greenfield Railway Line from Kumasi to Paga, popularly known as the Central Spine.

According to Mr. Ofori-Atta, some other feasibility studies that have commenced will be pursued in 2019 to ensure that the country’s rail network is completely revamped.

Among the ongoing rail line projects are; rail link on BOT basis between Tema Port an Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso; Development of Metro/Light Rail Transit Systems in Accra and Kumasi such as the recently signed Accra Sky Train project; Trans-ECOWAS line from Aflao through Cape Coast to Elubo; and Re-development of the Central line from Kotoku in the Greater Accra Region to Huni Valley in the Western Region.

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