The modernised Kejetia Bus Terminal has become operational following a three-day simulation exercise for the various transport unions which would be operating there.
The Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA), in collaboration with the management of the Kumasi City Markets Company, organised the simulation exercise to enable transport unions and drivers to acquaint themselves with the operational plan at the terminal.
The leadership of the Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU) and Progressive Transport Owners Association (PROTOA) toured the terminal to inspect their selected points for loading and offloading passengers.
The Public Relations Officer of the KMA, Ms. Henrietta Afia Konadu Aboagye, announced that all vehicles that travel to Mampong and its environs would still be maintained at the Achamfour and Dr. Mensah terminals, while Western Region stations would also remain at the Nana Afia Kobi Lorry Terminal.
She said all Western North stations currently working at the Achamfour and Adehyeman terminals would continue operating from the present station, while Manso area stations would be maintained at the Race Course.
She further stressed that part of Dunkwa Area, including Subin, Diaso, Nkronua and Ahafo area (Betiako, Nyinasosu, Mankranso, and Wioso), would be maintained at the Race Course.
Ms. Aboagye warned that ‘no duplication of stations after the relocation would be allowed’, and that strict sanctions shall be applied to any union or group of persons who try to introduce additional routes inside the terminal, or any other terminal without express approval by the KMA.
The KMA PRO stressed that “Efforts would be made to ensure that routes with short distances are brought closer to the entry points of passengers so they are not disadvantaged by those that go further through those towns.”
She further said taxi drivers who enter to drop off passengers would be required to show proof of daily park tolls from their terminal of origin.
The Ashanti Regional Chairman of the GPRTU, Nana Nimako Bresiamah, commended the city authorities for the efforts at ensuring the smooth operations of drivers at the terminal.
He said though the number of slots given to the transport operators was not enough, the unions were content with the outcome of the tremendous work done so far.
Nana Nimako Bresiamah further advised drivers to abide by all rules and regulations regarding operations at the terminal.