The Railway Industry in Ghana has a long History
The small but economically vital rail network is confined to the lower half of the country with a route of 94 kilometer and track length of 1300 kilometers.it comprises the western line 373.8 kilometers from Takoradi to Kumasi including the branch lines from takoradi to prestea, from Dunkwa to Awaso and Sekondi to Kojokrom the central line 239km from Huni vallay to Kotoku with a branch line from Achiasi junction to Kade and the Eastern line 330km from Accra to Kumasi with a branch line from Achimota to Tema Harbour.
Construction of the network started in Sekondi in 1898. The initial stretch of 66 kilometers from Sekondi to Tarkwa was completed in 1901 and service to Tarkwa commenced. The Railways was then a wing of the Gold Coast Civil Service.
It became Railway and Ports Authority in 1972 and on the 1st of July 1977 under (SMCD95), the Ghana railway corporation was established as a body corporate under the a separate administration distinct from the port. On the 7th of march 2001 under the company’s Act,1963 (Act 179) the Ghana railway company limited was created with registration number 94, 198.
In a bid to resuscitate the railway industry and promote involvement of the private investors or sovereign wealth fund in the financing, developing and operating the railway network in Ghana, the Ghana railway development Authority was created in January 2009. In so doing the Government of Ghana through the Ghana Railway development Authority will provide the requisite infrastructure while the private sector will provide the operational services.
The main functions of the Ghana Railway Development Authority under the Act are as follows:
- To regulate the railway industry in Ghana.
- To operate as the railway landlord.
- To develop the rail systems in Ghana.
- To link the railway systems to neighbouring countries.
- To exercise ownership rights over the infrastructure and rolling stock and all assets transferred to it.
GRDA will thus be responsible especially for technical regulation and hold, administer and improve the assets transferred to the Authority, including the following:
- Developing a plan for the railway network and promoting the development and management of railway infrastructure in Ghana.
- Regulate railway operations in Ghana.
- Setting and enforcement of technical, safety and security standards for the construction and operation of railways
- Granting of licenses, concessions and leases necessary for the development and operation of railways and rail services.
- Monitor the activities of licensees, concessionaires.
- Setting of railway operating tariffs.
- Ensure compliance with the Act.
- Advise the Government and other stakeholders on railway matters.
- Oversee the administration of the Railway Development Fund.
Being accountable to our stakeholders and to the nation in the execution of the mandate and responsibilities bestowed upon the Authority.
- Innovation and Excellence
We are committed to bringing innovative ideas and creating new and better ways of doing things
Being exemplary in our behaviour and acting with honesty and integrity in all our transactions.
Adopting an approach that demonstrates professionalism in competency, character, attitude and conduct.
- Our People
We are committed to building and supporting our employees.
Upholding teamwork and collaboration in order to realize the synergies of working together.
Being fair in all dealings with consumers, service providers and the other stakeholders and discharge our duties with neutrality and impartiality, without fear or favour.
- Social Responsibility
We consider all social factors in our dealings and earnestly contribute towards the greater good of our country.