Gautrain mum on tunnel leaks

2011-07-28 12:47

Gautrain officials remained tight-lipped today about reports that water seepage was causing the project to undergo expensive delays.

Independent Newspapers reported on Tuesday, that it could take 10 months and could cost up to R100 million to rectify seepage into a tunnel between the Johannesburg CBD and Rosebank.

A dispute resolution board had ordered Gautrain constructors Bombela Concession Company (BCC) to do the remedial work, but there was still a disagreement between them and the Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) over who was responsible for fixing the issue, the report said.

GMA chief executive Jack van der Merwe reportedly said GMA was negotiating with the BCC and would make an announcement on yesterday.

The remedial work involved digging 4 metre holes along the route to inject grout.

The preliminary plan estimated it would take three months to design the changes and another six to eight months to complete it.

GMA reportedly proposed a phased opening to allow the Gautrain to run between Rosebank and Pretoria, which would involve sealing off the Rosebank-Park station section.

The Bombela Operating Company (BOC), which would operate the completed railway, objected to a suggestion by the BCC that the route should be completely opened and that remedial work needed to be done after hours.

The route for the R 28.1 billion high-speed train was set to open on June 28.

The GMA and BCC were not available for comment.

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