Business picks up along Accra Railway line following resumption of services

BY: Blessing Aglago
The shuttle has four stopping points before arriving at the final destination.

Business has picked up at the Accra Railway line following the resumption of rail services after a two-year closure.

Some traders who spoke to The Mirror in an interview expressed their satisfaction with the development.

Business activities

A trader who sells tomatoes along the railway line who gave her name as Yaa Mansah could not hide her joy.

“Business activities are picking up gradually, at the end of the day, I go home with smiles because my family will have something to eat. We are not allowed to conduct business on the railway due to the dangers associated with it,” she narrated.

Yaw, a second-hand dress dealer also told this reporter business was thriving during the peak hours. “The boarders come here at peak hours, so we get here before 7 a.m. so they patronise our services, so far business has been encouraging,” he stated.

The traders explained they had to move to the side of the railway in order to sell because there is no space at the market, if they moved to the main market they would end up losing their customers; hence, their decision to transact business in the area.

Railway services

The Accra Tema Railway Services resumed operations in July after it was suspended temporarily for rehabilitation works. After successfully addressing some technical challenges, the Ghana Railway Company Limited conducted a series of test runs and a final joint inspection to ascertain the suitability of the line for passenger service.

Officials have said the shuttle runs twice daily with its departure at 6:15 a.m. from Tema to Accra and the return trip at 5 p.m. from Accra.

The shuttle has four stopping points before arriving at the final destination.

Some passengers told this reporter that the shuttle had reduced travel time and was also very cost-effective as compared to the usual passenger buses.

 Mr Adama with his wife Narkie and their three sets of twins. They are from left: Ohene, Nana- Oye, Okese, Shika, Shidaa and Ohenewa