Trains should be running on the second phase of the Gautrain by the middle of the year, given the pace of progress. Test runs are already being carried out.
CONSTRUCTION of phase two of Gautrain, which comprises the route between Sandton and Park Station and Midrand and Hatfield in Pretoria, is nearing completion and the routes are expected to be operational by the end of June.
Test runs are being carried out on the phase two routeTest runs are being carried out on the phase two routeConstruction has ended on the Grand Central Boulevard section, which provides access to the Midrand Station from the Old Pretoria Road (K101), and the widening of the K101 adjacent to the station.
Meanwhile, work on the station itself was “substantially complete”, said the Gautrain’s communications and marketing executive, Barbara Jensen.
Street lights are also being installed along Grand Central Boulevard. Structural work at Park Station and new parking facilities are also finished.
Work will also soon be completed at Rosebank Station. The underground station was getting its finishing touches and “the first Electrostar train arrived in Rosebank during the month”, Jensen said in a statement announcing progress on the second phase.
“Works to both of the western entrances and the ventilation shaft are well advanced. The steel canopy structures have been erected and roof cladding completed, with side cladding to follow.”
Close to finished is the parkade, with only the shaded carports and final touches to go. Work is close enough to completion that the testing of trains and signalling systems has started, with trips between the station and Pretoria in progress.
The Gautrain’s first phase started running in June 2010, just before the start of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™. It is made up of the airport and commuter links. The airport link joins Sandton and OR Tambo International Airport, and the commuter facility connects the Sandton Station with Rhodesfield, with a stop at the Marlboro base.
There are also bus services to make the experience smoother for travellers.
Fares for the airport link are R100, and for a single train ride it costs R16,50 between Sandton and Marlboro, R18,50 between Marlboro and Rhodesfield and R21 between Sandton and Rhodesfield. For a train and bus trip at one end, it costs R22,50 between Sandton and Marlboro, R24,50 between Marlboro and Rhodesfield and R27 between Sandton and Rhodesfield.
Fares for the phase two routes would be announced in the next two weeks, Jensen said.
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