Government is set to begin the construction of a $3.5 million ultra-modern bus terminal at the old Kinbu terminal in Accra.
This is said to be part of the Ministry of Transportation’s initiative to upgrade bus terminals across the country to improve transportation.
The project is however, expected to be completed in a year’s time.
The project when completed, would have a parking space of 80 intercity and intra-city buses, 30 Metro Mass buses and 50 Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) buses.
The terminal will also have business centers, such as banks, restaurants, shops and offices, which could be accessed by all passengers and the general public.
Speaking at the sod cutting ceremony in Accra yesterday, the Minister for Transportation Kwaku Ofori Asiamah said, the ongoing project would cut down the heavy congestion in the transport environment in Accra.
“Commuters on daily basis have to endure long waiting periods at the various terminals just to travel through congested central business areas of the cities. We spend more time in traffic than we do with our families and this does not inure to our benefit,” he said.
He therefore, stated that the project will provide adequate and central terminating and loading space for buses which now enjoy very significant patronage.
Mr. Asiamah also revealed government’s plan to work with all stakeholders to address the operational challenges that are hampering the efficient operation of the Ayalolo Bus System.
He added that the project supports government’s policy to develop ultra-modern commercial facilities in order to provide the quality of services passengers require.
“The completion of this terminal will therefore improve transport services and the full operation of the Adenta to Accra BRT Corridor. This terminal will also serve as a major transfer hub for intercity and intra-city transport services,” he said.