R25bn upgrade for Durban transport

Durban - South Africa's third largest city will spend about R25bn upgrading its public transport system in the next 10 years, the Mercury reported on Tuesday.

According to the newspaper, the Integrated Rapid Public Transport Network would be implemented in four phases.

The upgrade was expected to include the procurement of 800 extra articulated buses serving three high-volume corridors, and a rail route from Bridge City to the CBD running through Rossburgh, Isipingo and Umlazi.

Other improvements were the widening and upgrading of roads, the creation of dedicated bus lanes and pedestrian walkways, and the upgrading of bicycle lanes and parking facilities.

A bicycle-rent system from transfer stations similar to those in London and Paris would be made available, as would a park-and-ride facility for commuters to park their vehicles and then board public transport.

There would also be a R1.5bn upgrade, by the Passenger Rail Agency, of stations and signals along the route to ensure efficient synergy between rail and road transport.

The city would build new stations and bus terminals. There would be CCTV and enhanced security at all stations.

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