Gautrain Park Station link to open

2012-06-06 10:00

Johannesburg - The Gautrain's route between Park Station and Rosebank will be operating next week, it was reported on Wednesday.

Gauteng MEC for roads and transport Ismail Vadi confirmed that the Gautrain would be fully operational by next week Friday from Park Station, The Star reported.

He made the announcement during his R4.6m budget in the provincial legislature on Tuesday.

The opening of the Park Station section was reportedly postponed last month, due to a dispute between operators Bombela Concession Company and the provincial government.

The disagreement was reportedly over claims made by Bombela that a water seepage problem in the tunnel had been addressed, while the Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) accused Bombela of not taking the problem seriously.

GMA then refused to open the link between Rosebank and Park Station.

Vadi said the Gautrain passenger demand on the airport services remained steady, with about 10 000 passengers a month.

"Since August 2011 to date, almost seven million passenger trips were made on the Gautrain and 1.5 million trips were made on the Gautrain buses," said Vadi.

The GMA was also pleased with the property developments that had taken place since the opening of the Rosebank Gautrain station, he said.

  • priyal.pillay - 2012-06-06 10:07

    Cool. Next, clean up Park Station. It's a hole

  • John - 2012-06-06 10:08

    Truth: The contract ended a bit too soon for some people in government who got used to being paid. All engineering international standards were met regarding the water presence. Non-engineering government elements in their infinite wisdom disputed this. I believe delay was political and a matter of money exchanging hands. Same old, same old

  • Riaan - 2012-06-06 10:16

    Hallelujah. It's a miracle. Let's see if it gets postponed again.

  • thobilez3 - 2012-06-06 10:33

    Surely the MEC's budget is not R4,6m please rectify and republish.

  • Bzeng - 2012-06-06 10:35

    Finally rich minority will have a direct route from pta to jhb

      Jean - 2012-06-06 11:00

      Well if you have a problem with it, please blame your government since they are behind the gautrain... Moron!!!

      lydonmcg - 2012-06-06 11:03

      The rich minority who actually PAID for the Gautrain and continue to do so for everything else in the country?

      Lourenzo - 2012-06-06 11:09

      Moron...suck it

      Joubs1957 - 2012-06-06 11:19

      We rich minority rather travel in style in our own transport than face the poor majority (masses) at Park Station and risk getting robbed, stabbed or murdered for our cellphones!!!

  • thobilez3 - 2012-06-06 10:38

    The MEC and department's budget allocation as announced yesterday is R4.36 billion and NOT R4.6m as per your article. Please rectify and republish.

  • Barman Benji Monyela - 2012-06-06 10:39

    best news i've heard all week

      Lourenzo - 2012-06-06 11:10

      Because u r a moron

  • Mauritz - 2012-06-06 12:59

    Where are the next links to open? Krugersdorp/Weltevreden/Raqndburg/Sandton? Springs/Benoni/Germiston/Park Station? - When are we getting a network of lines like London or Paris?

  • mbonyathi - 2012-06-06 14:15

    i hope it comes with a free scoober diving kit

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