Ghana: Construction works to Begin on $2.2 billion Eastern Railway Line

The investors under the Ghana-European Railway Consortium have signaled that they are ready to begin works as soon as Parliament and Cabinet approve the deal.

This came to light at the launch of the commencement of negotiation of concession agreement for the Eastern standard gauge.
Government is to take a minority share of the deal.

The project is expected to be 24 passenger trains and six freight coaches upon completion of the 340 kilometres construction.

The line links Tema, Accra and Kumasi and it is expected to boost economic activities especially at the Boankra inland ports upon completion.

The construction process is expected to last for three years and the Consortium “hope the project will be a shinning example of Ghana-German corporation, with the Ghana-European Railway Consortium which is undertaking the project, pledging to start work in earnest.

There will be six main stations, 34 substations on the track which is a double line, with the Consortium hoping to recoup its investment within 27 years after the three years of construction.

The project is a Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT) deal and that the concession will be given for a certain number of years.

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