Gautrain carries more than 9 000 on first day

2010-06-08 16:15

The Gautrain will have carried between 9 000 and 11 000 passengers

by the end of its first day of operation.

“I just want to thank Gautengers,” said Bombela Concession Company

(BCC) chief executive officer Jerome Govender.

“They have shown overwhelming support for the Gautrain in putting

their trust in it to get to their destinations on its first day.”

Govender said everyone had wanted to be on the first train out of

Sandton Station at 5.24am today, with some people there at 4am.

This had caused congestion.

There had also been “teething problems” with ticket vending

machines and signage.

However, the system would “prime” over the next two weeks, Govender


The Gautrain runs every 12 minutes in peak hour and 20 minutes in

off-peak periods between Sandton and the OR Tambo International Airport, passing

through stations in Marlboro and Rhodesfield along the way.

Even World Cup supporters used the train today, said


There were Mexicans, Dutch and Germans on the train.

“And these were only the ones I encountered,” he said.

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