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Diasporian News of Thursday, 8 October 2015

Source: GNA

Mahama announces measures to reduce road congestion

President John Dramani Mahama has announced measures his government was putting in place to reduce road traffic congestion.

He said road traffic in the country had moved from 40,000 a few years ago to 400,000 and government needed to take immediate steps to neutralize the trend in the coming years.

President Mahama, who was addressing the Bordeaux Chamber of Commerce as part of his week-long official visit to the European country, said Ghana was on the verge of acquiring a new national air carrier and gave the assurance that when implemented, would ply the sub-region before moving out to other continents.

Apart from that, President Mahama said government was also developing higher occupancy buses to commence the Bus Rapid Transit system which would pick passengers on schedule rather than the current situation where vehicles picked passengers haphazardly.

Government, he also announced, was working around the clock to implement light tramp transport in the major cities to reduce congestion and time spent on road transport.

President Mahama said government was also improving the existing airports and establishing more aerodromes to facilitate air movement, which would subsequently reduce congestion on the major roads in the country.