Station gains go-ahead

2015-05-19 06:00
Improvements to the False Bay station are set to start next week after a new contractor was appointed.

Improvements to the False Bay station are set to start next week after a new contractor was appointed. PHOTO: nICOLE MCCAIN

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After months of delays in upgrading the False Bay train station, commuters can look forward to the project’s completion with the appointment of a new contractor.

The construction at False Bay station were initiated as part of the Passenger Rail Association of South Africa’s (Prasa) station improvement programme, which focuses on enhancing commuter experience at stations as well as the look and feel of the station, explains Prasa corporate real estate solutions regional manager Lindelo Matya.

“The previously appointed contractor failed to perform and Prasa terminated their contract and moved them out of the site,” he says.

A new contractor has since been appointed and took over the site two weeks ago.

Construction is set to proceed next week, to complete what was initially planned as improvements to this station, Matya says. The upgrade will include the waiting rooms and platforms, with shelters over the platforms earmarked for refurbishment.

However, commuters will be stuck with temporary toilets in the meantime.

“Due to the demolition of the old facilities by the failed contractor, there would be no toilet facilities. Temporary toilets in the parking area precinct are provided in the meantime, whilst the construction programme to replace the toilet is underway,” he says.

The renovations to the toilets are expected to take four to six months, Matya says, with other construction taking three to six months

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