Accra-Tema train service suspended for works

The 24-km inter-urban railway line between Accra and neighbouring town Tema faces being suspended for up to six weeks following plans to remove Accra's overhead Bailey bridge.

The existing temporary railway bridge, which is used by the Ghana Railways Company and is situated near the Accra polo grounds, will be replaced by a permanent concrete bridge by local construction company USSUYA. Last year Ghana's transport minister Alhaji Collina Dauda raised concerns over the safety of the Bailey bridge.

The scheme is part of the government’s Spintex-airport 2.8-km dual carriageway which will divert traffic from the area around the airport towards north-eastern suburban districts in Spintex, Tema, Lashibi and Nungua.

In October 2010, the Ghanaian president John Atta Mills inaugurated a $23 million diesel engine train service on the Accra-Tema rail network.

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