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Aayalolo buses back on the road

The Quality Bus System (QBS), popularly known as Aayalolo, has resumed operations almost seven months after being grounded because of financial difficulties.

Operations of the bus service was halted in October 2018 as a result of what officials described as technical hitches.

At least four buses were in a queue loading passengers at its Tudu Terminal, near the Cocoa Board office around 5 pm on Thursday.

A driver who spoke on condition of anonymity said the Amasaman route will become functional next week Wednesday.

“By Wednesday, we’ll become fully functional. We’ll be back on the road on all our previous routes,” he said.

The suspension

Management of the company on October 25, last year announced a suspension of its operations because of technical challenges.

“Our team of technicians are working around the clock to resolve all anomalies so you can have a smoother ride. You will duly be informed as soon as services resume.

Any inconvenience caused is deeply regretted” it said.

But it came to light later that the company had more problems than announced.

Besides that, there was also no money to run the bus service in terms of purchase of fuel and payment of remuneration for drivers and managers, the Greater Accra Passenger Transport Executive (GAPTE), operators of the BRT in Accra – Aayalolo – said.

More than 170 Aayalolo buses have since been grounded at the Achimota bus terminal in Accra, while another 60 deployed to Kumasi for use are yet to start operations.

Staff of the company had not been paid their salaries since March 2018.

The company needed 90,000 litres of fuel to be fully fictional at the time.

Buses

In all, the government secured 245 buses from the Scannia Group of Sweden in 2016 to operate a bus rapid transport (BRT) system. 59 buses were deployed in Greater Accra on the Amasaman – Tudu and Kasoa – Tudu route whilst 60 have been sent to Kumasi.

With the exception of six buses that are being used as shuttles between terminals two and three at the Kotoka International Airport in Accra, all the other buses numbering about 170 have been parked at Achimota terminal in Accra.

Source: Graphic.com

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