Ghana pumps up West African economy with $230m Accra-Ouagadougou rail project
London, Nov. 7 2019 (AltAfrica)-The Accra-Ouagadougou rail line, a multi million dollar project expected to open up economic opportunities between two West African countries of Ghana and Burkina Faso is expected to be completed and go live next year-2020
The first phase of the project is the development of a 99 km railway from the Tema Harbour to Mpakadan Port along the Volta Lake.
The latter phase of the mega railway project is expected to link the Mpakadan Port to Paga through Buipe and then to Burkina Faso.
Speaking at the Meet-the-Press series organized by the Ministry of Information, Railways Development in Ghana, Minister Joe Ghartey announced that the Burkinabe government had agreed to take up half of the consultancy cost of the feasibility studies on Tema to Burkina Faso rail line via Akosombo in the Eastern Region even though about 80 percent of the railway line would be in Ghana.
The Minister noted that the Tema-Mpakadan railway line which is scheduled to be completed next year marks a significant milestone in the construction of the Accra-Ouagadougou line.
The project is estimated to cost about US$230 million.
Apart from the line helping move cargo between Ghana and its landlocked northern neighbours, Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger, there will be a passenger fleet as part of the project.
The proposed railway line will go through Hohoe, Jasikan, Nkwanta, Bimbilla to Yendi and Sheni. It will then continue to Tamale, Walewale, Bolgatanga, Navrongo and then link Burkina Faso at the Paga-Dakota border, approximately 700km from Mpakadan.
In line with the policy of the Government to link all regional capitals to the new modern railway network, the proposed Accra-Ouagadougou rail , alignment will also link the capitals of the Volta and Oti Regions.
The Burkina Faso leg of the proposed line starts from Ouagadougou, Kombissiri, Manga, Beguedo, Garango, Tenkodogo, Bagre, Zabre, Po, Dakola to Paga.