Gautrain plans expansion

gautrainThe Gautrain Management Agency has unveiled an ambitious plan to expand the rail network from Naledi in Soweto to Mamelodi in Pretoria.

The agency will partner with Prasa to add an extra 140 kilometers of rail lines in Gauteng.

It’s hoped the 25-year Integrated Transport Master Plan will result in trains being the primary mode of transport in the province.

Some of the areas to add new rail lines include Westgate, Boksburg, Mamelodi and Randburg.

There will also be a line connecting Sandton to Randburg and an additional line from Rhodesfield station to Boksburg in Ekurhuleni.

The plan is still in its infancy and is yet to be approved by government.

It’s also unclear how much it will cost.

“Obviously there are a myriad of priorities in our country but we hope that we have a good enough business case and a good enough value for money proposition to convince the minister of transport and the minister of finance to allocate us some more funds,” said Gautrain Management Agency CEO Jack van der Merwe. – eNCA