Plans for KZN express train

2013-03-01 12:25

Johannesburg - A business express train linking Pietermaritzburg and Durban is being tested and could be ready for passengers this year, The Witness reported on Friday.

During his state-of-the-province speech on Thursday, KwaZulu-Natal Premier Zweli Mkhize said a new customised train, costing R60m, was complete.

Metrorail tested the train over the last two months.

Initial plans aimed to have the service up and running by April last year.

Mkhize said the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) indicated its willingness to build three similiar trains in the 2013/2014 financial year if the service proved successful.

This would help to promote the use of public transport.

The Pietermaritzburg Station would be revamped this year when the station is transferred from Transnet to Prasa.

As part of the project, which would cost R500m over three years, thirty stations were being modernised.

Durban’s Berea Station would receive an R220m upgrade.

  • warren-rodel - 2013-03-01 12:32

    Unfortunately not everyone from Petermaritzburg works in the DBN Berea area, how does a business person get from the station to work? Is the station in a safer area? Another white horse like uShaka...

      Saint-Mthokozisi Ntenga - 2013-03-01 13:03

      we have such transport here in Joburg and PRASA provide busses to take people from the station to the office suburb. the same is being done by Gautrain. as for the safety of the Stations, I trust SAPS will up their game there.

      Mabhesha'nkone ZoSuthu - 2013-03-03 04:00

      Nonsensical and very myopic, Warren. PMB is the capital of the province. Gvnt departments, the provincial division of the high curt, etc are all in PMB. Dbn people and professionals have to go to PMB all the time, for things than can only be done in the capital. People in PMB also have to attend meetings and the like in Durban, seeing as Dbn is the economic capital of the province. The last-mile problem has been taken are off in Gauteing with the busses during week days and shuttles on weekends. This thing is a no-brainer, unless you want to be negative.

  • Denis Dendrinos - 2013-03-01 12:43

    PMB station needs the upgrade. Last I saw no lights were working at all there.

  • dkh.khuzwayo - 2013-03-01 12:50

    Now this is a great idea!!! Just dont spoil it for us by engaging in unscruplous procurment procedures and unncessary delays which will inevitable result in a huge budget deficit to the hardworking taxpayer.

      Tee Klemy - 2013-03-01 13:13

      "south of Limpopo" Where do u stay. in EUROPE or inside a nest.

      dkh.khuzwayo - 2013-03-01 13:26

      Most definitely "inside a nest" in sunny South Africa with all her problems and challenges! Will definitely NOT exchange this nest for these lously African countries up North except of course my favourite holiday spots, the beautiful beaches in Seychelles, Mauritius and the Comores. I have travelled extensively in Africa and with due respect to those countries they are by far behind economic modernisation and industrial civilisation hence I am determined as a black man to prevent the ANC from destroying this country further by voting wisely at the ballot box.

  • phillip.cwazibe - 2013-03-01 12:57

    Business train from Johannesburg tp Durban?

  • Maretta Nel Lychou - 2013-03-01 13:00

    goeie nuus. Hoop hul gaan die diens van die lughawe na Pietermaritzburg ook insluit.

  • criticallyhonest - 2013-03-01 13:03

    Fascinating isn't it....on the same day News 24 reports... Civil engineer and Fellow at the CSIR's Built Environment division Kevin Wall told Beeld ongoing severe water shortages in Ermelo, Lichtenburg, Middleburg, Kriel, Delmas and Lydenburg could be attributed to a lack of expertise, poor maintenance of infrastructure and an absence of political will to maintain existing systems. He said that local authorities had demonstrated a preference for buying "new stuff" rather than maintaining existing structures. I DON'T KNOW WHETHER TO LAUGH OR CRY....

      Renaldo Du Toit - 2013-03-01 13:22

      This is a re-use of existing structures bud, we're not talking new rail line or new stations like the gautrain that would have cost billions not millions - i think it's a great idea

      criticallyhonest - 2013-03-01 13:31

      Renaldo: Direct quotation from the article...ä NEW customized train costing R60 million. No matter how good an idea it may or may not be, I am concerned that maintenance and upkeep will not get the budget and effort needed to keep the new train operational into the future. For many the Gautrain is a pretentious financial disaster and so are the mostly empty buses associated with it. Bling!

      ready2go - 2013-03-01 14:11

      @criticallyhonest - What is R60 mil these days, a couple of chairs in a ministers office? I support this train not because im going to ever ride on it, I support it cause for once we can see that our tax money is going to something positive for all the people, not just 5

  • Wike Mood - 2013-03-01 13:18

    wahahaha.its already a year late!say no more.

  • flynn.govender - 2013-03-01 13:24

    If SA wants to compete with the first world countries, our transport infrastructure must be upgraded for people to travel on time and in a safe environment

  • ohbizz.chabata - 2013-03-01 13:28

    Sounds kind of cool except I dont understand how an existing train station (Berea) could be upgraded for R220m. How much would it cost to build a completely new one?

  • WigzellRM - 2013-03-01 13:36

    Good job! When they gonna do a high speed Jozi - Cape Town? A high speed train could take as little as 5 or 6 hours. For those who wish to avoid the BS of air travel. In any event when you add the time to go to and from the airport, check in an hour before the flight, luggage restrictions, waiting for baggage at the end, it takes nearly 5 hours.

  • Siphiwo Khuzwayo - 2013-03-01 13:49

    Great move by the KZN Government, this will go a long way in promoting public transport and lessen the congestion that exist already in our roads.

  • Brian Dorning - 2013-03-01 14:25

    Good idea...will have to wait and see if its going to be successful. SA had one of the best railway systems, what happened?

  • Kay Carakas - 2013-03-01 14:40

    Great job Govt! We can see our taxes going to good use in a project like this. R60m I think is reasonable and will provide an excellent service to the people. Well done! More projects like this, but please show us transparency with the spending.

  • Pixie86 - 2013-03-01 15:18

    People who are always negative irritate me. This is a huge accomplishment. Let's praise it and not look at the faults. Gees!

  • Manders - 2013-03-02 07:09

    Another waste of money, oh well give it a few months and they will set it on fire anyway.

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