Slow progress in KZN’s high-speed train plans

2014-12-22 00:00

DESPITE an optimistic vision for the future of rail in KZN, no plans are yet afoot for the long-promised high-speed rail link between Johannesburg and Durban.

The trains are expected to have a running speed as high as 400 km/h with one-and-a-half hour travelling times.

Chief executive officer of Prasa Rail Mosenngwa Mofi said R6 billion was going to be spent on rail improvements over the next few years.

“We are doing everything in our power to increase the numbers of rail users,” he said.

He said they aimed for the high-speed rail to compete with air.

“Travelling via rail would be easier and cheaper. You would not have to get to the train station an hour in advance, which would save time, and stations are closer to city centres,” he said.

The Department of Transport’s deputy director-general for integrated transport planning, Mawethu Vilana, said they need to do studies into the cost and feasibility of more trains.

“There has yet to be cabinet approval on this and we have not yet made developements on the implementation of the high-speed trains,” he said.

Vilana said the estimated costing, which had not been disclosed, seemed to be too expensive currently.

Mofi said they aimed to attracted commuters through extensive clean-ups of the stations.

He said during the late ’80s when other countries were investing in rail, South Africa had been disinvesting, which has deteriorated since.

“We are currently paying the price for this, people are used to using their cars and other modes of public transport where rail should be the most efficient,” Mofi said.

He said if people used more rail, it would benefit the atmosphere.

The biggest problem they faced currently was cable theft, he said.

“This is crippling our service delivery and causes endless delays for commuters who are working class people and school goers.”

Mofi said as recently as 2010, top concerns from commuters were safety, which now does not feature in the top five complaints.

• rumana.akoob@witness.co.za

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.