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17.10.2007 General News

Use bigger capacity buses to reduce traffic on the roads

By daily Express- Samuel COLEMAN

A Minister of State in the Ministry of Transportation Godfred Bayon Tangu has suggested to private commercial transport owners to consider the importation and use of bigger capacity buses and coaches to help reduce the traffic situation in Accra and other parts of Ghana.

He explained that if more big capacity buses and coaches are introduced, a lot more passengers will be ferried by a single bus instead of three or four small buses. This will in turn help reduce the number of smaller buses on the roads and decongest the roads.

The Minister made these observations at a press conference called by the Finance Minister Kwadwo Baah-Wiredu to explain the $750 million sovereign bond will be invested.

The major project which will benefit from the $750 million bond will be the dualisation of the road from Accra to Kumasi.

Mr. Bayon Tangu also suggested that the number of toll booths in the country be increased in order to raise more funds to help construct more roads. He noted that the toll booth rates also need to be revised.

“Ghana's development rests on a good road network, if clinics, hospitals and schools are built in areas where there are no roads linking them then they will be useless.”

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