The line is intended to boost trade in northern Ghana and the neighbouring landlocked states of Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger by providing a direct link between Lake Volta and the Atlantic coast.

Quartey says the line will enable the transport of commodities such as fuel and cement as well as containerised freight across the lake, with passenger trains offering a cheap and reliable transport in a region which is poorly served by the road network.

The line will be built by Afcons Infrastructure, India and construction is expected to begin next month.