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Trains set to operate on the Tema-Mpakadan route arrived in Ghana Trains set to operate on the Tema-Mpakadan route arrived in Ghana

Accra, Ghana – V.A.O.B, in collaboration with the Ministry of Railways Development, is pleased to announce the arrival of the new trains – set to serve the Tema-Mpakadan route. This marks a significant milestone as V.A.O.B becomes the first Ghanaian-owned company to supply rolling stock to the Government of Ghana. This milestone marks a critical step forward in Ghana’s transportation infrastructure vision, as it ushers in the country’s first standard gauge diesel multiple unit.

These state-of-the-art trains are expected to revolutionise Ghanaian travel and courier services by offering a safe, reliable and affordable transportation option for both passengers and goods. The modern facilities, comfortable seating and superior onboard amenities are set to provide an enhanced travel experience.

The impending train service also heralds a new era of convenience, efficiency, and connectivity for passengers travelling between Accra and Mpakadan, as it extends the existing Tema-Community 1 train line, reoperationalised in 2019. The line is slated to run six round trips per day, with three in the morning, one in the afternoon, and two in the evening. This precedes a broader vision to enhance the country’s transportation network, offering much-needed relief for road commuters by alleviating congestion and reducing carbon emissions. Additionally, the operationalisation of the Tema-Mpakadan route marks a significant step towards unlocking vast opportunities for international trade, commerce and tourism in Ghana, especially in anticipation of the Ghana-Burkina interconnectivity line.

“This is a proud moment for V.A.O.B,” shared V.A.O.B CEO, Tony P. Burkson. “The successful delivery of this project embodies the core of our mission to empower African governments to structure financing and advance critical infrastructure across various economic sectors, with this instance specifically related to rail development. For us, this is the beginning of a journey that we hope will transcend the borders of Ghana. V.A.O.B will continue to supply rolling stock to other African governments, paving the way for more efficient commutes across the continent. We will continue to strive towards a future where rail development acts as a catalyst for enhanced connectivity, economic growth and sustainable progress across Africa.”

It is worth reiterating that V.A.O.B’s unwavering commitment and dedication to advancing Ghana’s infrastructure have played a pivotal role in bringing this project to fruition. Looking forward, V.A.O.B remains steadfast in its commitment to supporting the Government of Ghana in the development and expansion of the country’s railway network. By assisting in the financing of sustainable transportation solutions, V.A.O.B is helping to pave the way for a brighter, more interconnected future for Ghanaian citizens, beginning with the inaugural journey of the Tema-Mpakadan train service.

Source: Railways Africa