Français Résumé: Avec une population de quatre millions d'habitants, Accra se débat avec les mêmes problèmes que beaucoup d'autres grandes villes des pays en développement. 70% du réseau routier d'Accra est surchargé, le nombre de voitures sur la route ayant été multiplié par cinq au cours des 15 à 20 dernières années.
With a population of 4 million people, Accra struggles with the same problems as many other major cities in the world’s developing nations. 70% of Accra’s road network is overloaded with the number of cars on the road estimated to have grown by a factor of five in the past 15 to 20 years.
In Ghana’s capital city Accra, Scania rolled out the most inclusive and complete Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system. With over 245 connected buses operating in their own dedicated lanes, the system is indeed improving quality of life in one of Africa’s large cities.
In addition to 245 buses, the Bus Rapid Transit system 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.
Since skilled technicians are key for the successful operation of the new Scania Bus Rapid Transit system in Ghana, to provide in-demand knowledge of heavy-duty vehicles, Scania now offers students vocational training at their modern workshop facility in the city.
Representatives from the Ghanaian Government and the city of Accra studied bus systems in several countries before making a decision.
According to Ghana’s Transport Minister, Hon. Dzifa Attivor, he said, “In Johannesburg, South Africa, we realized that a fleet of quality buses wasn’t enough. We needed the whole package, with a ticketing system, driver training service, and maintenance. And for this type of solution, Scania was the best option.”
Hon. Dzifa Attivor, believes this was the government’s responsibility to ensure a safe, high-quality bus system for Accra.
According to Fredrik Morsing, Managing Director for Scania West Africa, he said, “Scania has adopted a genuine customer perspective here. We’re no longer just a bus manufacturer that provides vehicles and service. We have turned our perspective around and looked at what the customer really needs.”
Given today’s climate change challenges, Africa needs to look at this issue more holistically to introduce such large, efficient, high-quality buses, money can be saved as well as doing the environment a favor to meet the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals SDGs
By Joseph Semuju
Community Manager - AMO
African Mobilities Observatory - AMO, MICHELIN.