Sekondi Takoradi lorry terminals and their set of issues.
By: Joyceline Stephens - Kyzzfmonline
June 20, 2023

In around 2010, trotros and taxis used to queue along the streets of Takoradi to transport passengers. At that time, the population size was 532,000.

Fast forward to 2020, and the population had increased to 936,000. The population size had doubled, resulting in a corresponding increase in transportation demand.

Due to the increased demand, trotros and taxis could no longer queue on the streets, leading to the need for lorry parks (terminals).

While lorry parks solved the problem of vehicular congestion, they also brought along their own set of issues.

As of 2023, many of the lorry parks have been paved, resolving the problem of stagnant waters.

Samuel Antwi, the Head of Beach Road, New Takoradi, and Airport Ridge taxi station, spoke to Kyzzfmonline about their challenges. He mentioned that in the evenings, stall owners and those picking up cars at the station leave rubbish behind after the sweepers have finished their work.

Another challenge is private car owners who have stores near the station park their vehicles there, causing delays in the turnaround time.

Antwi also mentioned that the public toilet and urinal facility at the station charge 50 pesewas per use. While this may not seem costly initially, considering the frequent visits by station users, it can add up to a significant expense.

Additionally, Antwi expressed concerns about the gig economy drivers, who are cutting into their sales.

At Kojokrom Lorry Park, which currently accommodates the New Takoradi, Kwesimintsim, and Mpohor trotro stations, Mr. Isaac Nana Ansah, the Takoradi-Kojokrom GPRTU branch secretary, shared that they have lodged complaints with the STMA (Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly) to help with the congestion issue, particularly the exit on the You 84 road.

However, their efforts have not yielded any results. As a result, some vehicles have to park outside the station for extended periods before slowly entering the main station area to pick up passengers.

The observation at the Takoradi-Kojokrom lorry station revealed that due to congestion, drivers have resorted to parking their vehicles indiscriminately on adjoining roads and spaces around the station.

Mr. Kwesi Ansah, the branch chairman of the Cape Coast station, addressed the challenges faced by the Cape Coast station, representing Mankessim, Swedru, and Cape Coast.

He stated that the lack of walls surrounding the station allows neighboring buildings without toilets and chop bars to dump refuse into their station, making it untidy and deteriorating the sanitary conditions.

Furthermore, the lack of pavement makes the station look unappealing during rainfall.

Ansah emphasized that one of their major challenges is low patronage because drivers operating outside the terminal tend to compete for passengers, resulting in decreased business for the station. Efforts to address this issue, known as "bombing," through the STMA have been unsuccessful.

Residents in the Cape Coast station area denied dumping refuse in the station but mentioned that some individuals collect refuse from people's stalls and dump it at the station and other places in the area.

They also pointed out that nearby companies contribute to the refuse problem and suggested that leaders should focus on addressing those responsible.

Although the Tarkwa station appeared untidy, with unattended refuse containers, the drivers and vendors were actively loading passengers and conducting sales. The station heads declined to comment on the station's conditions during the visit.