The Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) has completed the feasibility study on the extension of the Gautrain rail network which has been in operation for six. This was revealed by MEC for Roads and Transport, MEC Ismal Vadi during the post State of the Province Address (SoPA) media briefing on Wednesday at the Provincial Legislature.
“The feasibility study concludes that the extension of the Gautrain rail network will provide significant economic and transport related benefits to the province and the country at large, that it offers value for money, and appropriate risk transfer if procured as a Public-Private Partnership.
“Demand modelling was done to determine transport needs for Gauteng in 2025 and 2037 it became clear that the ‘cost of doing nothing’ in the province will lead to major road congestion in 2037, at which stage cars will travel at an average of 15 kilometres an hour due to doubling of car growth,” said MEC Vadi.
Due to the magnitude and complexity of the project, it will be split into five phases.
The proposed alignment will have a link from Mamelodi in Tshwane to Jabulani in Soweto, crossing the N1 freeway at Samrand and 19 new Gautrain stations are being planned, including a link to Lanseria Airport.
The project will be facilitated by the National Department of Transport and will create an estimated 211 000 jobs.
“This is our dream of a world class rail system to eventually connect our people throughout Gauteng,” Vadi said.
Furthermore, MEC Vadi reiterated that the campaign against fraud and corruption, at driver and vehicle testing centres, in particular across municipalities is firmly on track.
“To this end, a significant number of officials are facing disciplinary action and/or criminal charges following an extensive two-year investigation relating to financial irregularities at various Motor Vehicle Registering Authorities,” he said.