South Africa and Ghana close €2.3 billion light railway deal

2/26/2019 11:51:53 AM

South Africa is going to support Ghana in improving Accra’s public transport system. According to the deal that was prepared during the recent Africa Investment Forum event, Ghana’s capital will have an elevated railway system, the Ai Skytrain.  

The new railway system will offer low cost transport to Accra’s citizens. South African consortium is partnering with the Ghana Infrastructure Investment Fund (GIIF) to develop the Ai Skytrain. This train is public mass transit system that uses air propulsion technology to drive lightweight, high passenger volume vehicles. 

In Johannesburg, Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo signed a memorandum of agreement with GIIF, green lighting Ai Skytrain’s development. Reviving Accra’s rail infrastructure is a top priority for the current government, as it has been neglected since Ghana’s independence in 1957. At that time, the city had a population of 50 000 people – today six million people live in traffic-congested AccraThe light railway systemusing Brazilian technologywill help ease that congestion. Construction is projected to start in 2020. 

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