Scania has signed an agreement with Ghana’s Ministry for Transport to supply
buses and equipment for the Bus Rapid Transit System under implementation in
Accra. Scania will supply 300 buses and ancillary equipment and services such as
ticketing machines, workshop services, operational support and infrastructure.
Accra, the capital and largest city inGhana, is facing a severe traffic
situation that needs to be addressed by the use of high capacity buses.
TheBRTsolution provides an answer to the problem at a reasonable cost compared
to other alternatives. The use ofBRTsolutions is rapidly spreading over the
whole African continent, with many cities facing the same challenges asAccra.
“The delivery toAccramarks a major step in increasing Scania’s presence inWest
Africaand will also serve as an important reference project for other cities in
the region,” says Fredrik Morsing, Regional Director for Scania inWest Africa.
The Minister for Transport, Hon. Mrs. Dzifa A. Attivor, states that “the
government is committed to addressing the transportation bottlenecks in our
cities and theBRTis a major transport policy being pursued by the Ministry.”
Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) systems typically combine dedicated lanes, off-board
fare collection, station platforms level with the bus floor and bus priority at
intersections to achieve the speed of light rail or metro systems with the lower
cost and simplicity of buses.
Scania has extensive experience in delivering BRTturn-key solutions, with more
than 3.500 buses in operation on five continents.
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transport applications, and of industrial and marine engines. Service-related
products account for a growing proportion of the company’s operations, assuring
Scania customers of cost-effective transport solutions and maximum uptime Scania
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operates in about 100 countries. Research and development activities are
concentrated in Sweden, while production takes place in Europe and South
America, with facilities for global interchange of both components and complete
vehicles. In 2013, net sales totalled SEK 86.8 billion and net income amounted
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