Well-developed transport infrastructure can tie urban and rural areas together and create more equal access to opportunities such as jobs, education and services.
With a population of four million people, Accra, the capital of Ghana, struggles with the same problems as many other major cities in the world’s developing nations. It is experiencing a major influx of people from rural areas, has rapidly increasingly traffic levels, and relies on an economy that can’t cover the required expansion of the city’s transport system and infrastructure. In 2015 Scania started to roll out its most comprehensive bus system ever. In addition to 245 buses, the BRT system solution in Accra involves long-term financing, an electronic cash-free ticketing system, a big, modern workshop for service and maintenance of all the vehicles, training for 600 bus drivers, and advice and support on starting up and operating the BRT system. The buses are also adapted for those with disabilities.
The government of Ghana sees the most important goal of the bus system as reducing travel times for those working in the capital city. “It currently takes a really long time for everyone to get to their offices and workplaces,” says Dzifa Attivor, Ghana’s Transport Minister. “Many are completely exhausted by the time they arrive and this reduces productivity. We couldn’t continue with this situation. As we develop Ghana, we need to take new ideas on board so that we can transform the country’s economy.”