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Ghana Receives First Batch of Modern Trains from Poland

The trains are part of a comprehensive framework contract between Ghana Railways and a Polish manufacturer.

by Motoni Olodun

Ghana has taken a major step towards transforming its transportation sector with the arrival of 12 state-of-the-art trains from Poland. The trains, which are designed to operate on both regional and long-distance lines, are part of a comprehensive framework contract between Ghana Railways and a Polish manufacturer, with the option to order 10 more vehicles in the future.

The handing-over ceremony was held in Poland on Friday, February 2, 2024, and was attended by officials from both countries. The trains are expected to reach Ghana before the end of February and will be deployed on the standard gauge railway network that is being developed across the country.

The trains are based on the RegioFox model, which is produced by Bydgoszcz for Czech Railways. They have a capacity of 260 passengers and can reach speeds of up to 160 km/h. They are equipped with air-conditioning, Wi-Fi, CCTV, and passenger information systems. They also have low-floor entrances and wheelchair spaces to ensure accessibility for all.

The procurement of these modern trains is part of the Ghana government’s commitment to enhancing its rail network’s efficiency and capacity. The government has outlined several rail projects worth a combined $US 12.9 billion, as the country looks to attract private investment and achieve its development goals. The projects include the Kumasi light rail network, the Central Spine rail line, and the Trans-Ecowas railway.

The introduction of these modern trains is expected to elevate the overall passenger experience and contribute to the economic development served by the railway network. The trains will facilitate the efficient transportation of passengers and goods, improve internal trade and regional integration, and reduce road congestion and pollution.

The Ghana-Poland cooperation on the railway sector is a testament to the strong bilateral relations between the two countries. The Polish ambassador to Ghana, Mr. Andrzej Chodorowski, said that Poland was proud to support Ghana’s vision of becoming a transport hub in West Africa. He also expressed his hope that the partnership would lead to more opportunities for trade and investment between the two countries.

The Minister of Railways Development, Mr. Joe Ghartey, thanked the Polish government and the manufacturer for delivering the trains on time and within budget. He said that the trains were a symbol of Ghana’s progress and potential and that they would bring a positive change to the lives of millions of Ghanaians. He also assured the public that the trains would be operated and maintained with the highest standards of safety and quality.

The arrival of these modern trains marks a promising era for Ghana’s rail sector, bringing with it the potential for improved connectivity, efficiency, and economic growth. As the transportation landscape in Ghana evolves, the government is determined to build a modern railway network that will serve as a backbone for the nation’s transformation.

Source: Daily Graphic

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