KZN’s first underground station opens at KwaMashu

2014-02-03 00:00

THE newly built Bridge City Railway Station in KwaMashu, the first to be built underneath the shopping centre, starts operating today.

The underground station and rail link is part of a much wider project in the area that involves taxi rank and bus facilities, a new Magistrate’s Court, provincial hospital, businesses developments and the Bridge City Shopping Centre. The aim is to link communities in Inanda, Ntuzuma, KwaMashu and Phoenix, a statement said yesterday.

Building the shopping centre and station cost R1,3 billion, Nana Zenani, head of marketing for Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa said yesterday.

The first, morning peak period trains have been scheduled from Bridge City starting at 4.24 am, 4.56 am, ­­5.37 am­ and 6.06 am.

Afternoon peak period trains depart Bridge City from 4.04 pm, 4.21 pm, 4.45 pm, 5.13 pm, 5.38 pm and 5.53 pm.

The new rail link is designed to allow for trains every three minutes, but initially it will be about every 20 minutes, and gradually speed up over time.

The rail link will be able to run 12 coaches carrying about 1 800 passengers per day.

The Bridge City line joins the existing rail line at Duffs Road station along with the new train turnaround facilities at Dalbridge, south of Durban.

“Bridge City is a first generation station with all the necessary technology and service design considerations,” said PRASA chief executive officer Mosenngwa Mofi.

Lucky Montana, PRASA chief executive officer, said the improved rail links will help to ensure the smooth integration of the north-south corridor between Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal, which is part of the overall infrastructure programme.

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