The Ghana European Railway Consortium (GERC) signed a USD 2.2 bn Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT) concession agreement with Ghana’s Ministry of Railways Development for the construction of the Tema – Accra – Koforidua – Kumasi Eastern Railway Line.
According to the terms of the contract, the new 340km double-track electrified standard-gauge eastern line should be completed within three years. Upon completion, the 24 passenger and six freight trains will be operated by GERC for 27 years before transferring ownership to the Ghanaian government.
For this project, the renowned Austrian company and technology leader, Voestalpine a member-company of the GERC, will supply the most comprehensive and innovative railway infrastructure, signalling solutions, high quality rails, points and turnouts, which will provide for safe and efficient rail transport.
The line, which is expected to carry between 12,000 and 18,000 passengers a day and 4 million tonnes of freight per year, will have three major stations in Accra, Koforidua and Kumasi and 30 sub-stations along it’s double track course.
For further details, please read this article published by the Rail Journal.