The much anticipated Accra Sky Train project, which is a fully automated, high efficiency and extremely cost effective public mass transit system that will use air propulsion technology to drive lightweight, high passenger volume vehicles, on the 11th of November, 2019, received a big boost with the signing of a concession agreement between the Government of Ghana and AiSky Train Consortium of South Africa.
The signing ceremony took place in South Africa as part of the ongoing African Investment Forum’s Invest in Africa’s Space event ongoing in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Addressing attendees at the signing ceremony, President Akufo-Addo, expressed great delight about the fact that the project is gradually nearing its consummation stage in order to see the light of day. With the signing of the concession agreement, President Akufo Addo said, “It is meeting an important infrastructure need and hopefully the step that is being taken today with the signing of the concession, means that the project itself is that much nearer conclusion. That is what we’re hoping for so that the people of Ghana could benefit from the progress of the relief that a modern system of commuting in our capital city is going to bring.”
Sky train systems are pre-fabricated using precision molded, pre – stressed reinforced concrete components that are capable of being installed at a very rapid rate, meaning that there is minimal disruption and congestion in the urban area that is undergoing installation and commissioning.
The proposed sky train initiative in Accra provides for the development of five (5) routes, four (4) of which are comprised of radial routes that originate at the proposed sky train terminal, at the heart of Accra, at a newly developed Kwame Nkrumah circle, and one (1) route that provides and intra-city commuter loop distribution service, also emanating from Circle. The project envisages a total track length across all routes of 194 kilometers.
Story by Emmanuel koranteng.