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Journal VOL. 1 NO. 2, July. 2022, ISSN: 2811 - 2393

Assessing the Impact of Transportation on the Economic Development in the Kumasi Metropolis

Doris Boateng, Charles Quansah, Ronald Osei Mensah, Agyemang Frimpong, Evelyn Nana Ama Asare



Transportation vestiges the mainstay of the economic development of nations across the globe. The important contributions of transportation in the economic development of any country cannot be underrated. Conveyance generates links for consumers to have access to goods and services and also for contractors to supply goods and services to the market. The non-appearance of a decent transference system distracts the stock restraint organisation and cripples the financial expansion of any country. This study was conducted in Kumasi Metropolis on the influence of transportation on the economic development of the Metropolis. The study was driven by the desire to expose the important relationship between transportation and economic development to help the City Authorities and Development partners make well-informed pronouncements that can result in a healthy economic development and societal alteration. In pursuing this, a sample size of 120 Traders from four market centres in Kumasi Metropolis was conveniently selected for the study. The study used a designed questionnaire to collect both qualitative and quantitative data, having adopted a mixed-method research design. The data was analysed and the findings showed that the majority of the respondents (61.9%) were satisfied with the road conditions in the Kumasi Metropolis as 25.7% and 39.4% tagged the Metropolitan roads as very good and good, respectively. Transportation was identified to have a direct positive correlation with economic development in the Metropolis. However, the study identified some challenges affecting transportation in the Metropolis, which included traffic congestion, inadequate parking spaces, and reckless driving by some drivers. Therefore, the study recommended that the Metropolis, in collaboration with Urban Roads, should identify and widen critical roads to at least two lanes per direction to reduce traffic, and also, City Authorities and Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly should ensure the provision of enough parking spaces at vantage locations in the Metropolis. In another development, city guide personnel should be employed to help direct traffic and the general movement of people.

Keywords: Development, Metropolitan Assembly, Traffic, Transportation, Urban roads

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