2010: R140 million moses mabhida station on track

2008-11-25 00:00

CONSTRUCTION of the new Moses Mabhida train station is going full steam ahead. The progress of the R140 million station was announced at a media briefing where Metrorail’s plans for the 2010 World Cup were detailed.

Metrorail’s acting business development manager, Danny Hattingh, said the new station will not only serve the stadium, but also thousands of commuters who are likely to use it after the World Cup because of its central location.

A multi-million-rand shopping mall is planned along the existing railway line between the Umgeni and Durban stations. The mall will include shops, restaurants and toilets and will play a pivotal role in supporting the King’s Park Sports Complex.

Commuters will have direct access to the station from Umgeni Road, Walter Gilbert and the stadium.

“The environmental impact assessment [EIA] has been approved. We are ready to start with the track work, which is great,” he said.

Hattingh said that Metrorail is still awaiting an EIA for the station building, but added that it has appointed an EIA specialist to fast-track the process. The station is due for completion by September 2009.

Metrorail regional manager for KwaZulu-Natal Dumi Dube said that as part of the national transport strategy for 2010, Metrorail will play a vital role in ensuring safe and comfortable transport for soccer fans. Dube said the new station will make it easier for fans to get to major sporting events.

Park-and-ride facilities — where fans can park their cars and catch a ride to the stadium — will be made available to avoid congestion at the stadium. “The major improvements to existing stations and the construction of an ultra-modern station near the stadium will be a legacy we want to leave for our commuters beyond 2010,” he said.

Metrorail also rolled out its “festive season safety” project, which outlines strict measures to ensure the safety of passengers.

Dube said visible policing will be increased with the deployment of plainclothes officers.

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