Gautrain says airport line may be ready for World Cup

Posted On Thursday, 11 February 2010 02:00 Published by eProp Commercial Property News
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The rapid rail link between Sandton and OR Tambo International Airport is likely to be ready in time for the Soccer World Cup in June, Gautrain said.

GautrainThe rapid rail link between Sandton and OR Tambo International Airport is likely to be ready in time for the Soccer World Cup in June, Gautrain said yesterday.

Although the train is not a World Cup project, its readiness would ease concern that existing public transport plans may not be sufficient for the many thousands of visitors expected in SA for the event.

Barbara Jensen, spokeswoman for the project, told Business Day yesterday that although the airport to Sandton link was not a World Cup project, “chances are very good that it can be ready”.

She said the project managers would make a final call on the deadline within the next two weeks.

Testing of the train has already begun outside the airport, as well as on a 7km test track in Midrand.

According to a construction update issued yesterday, civil construction works are largely complete along the entire airport link. This includes 11 bridges and three viaducts, as well as structures built for a future station at Modderfontein.

Final finishing and landscaping remain to be done.

“Track works and associated railway infrastructure are also complete, with this section of the route now energised and operational,” Gautrain said in its update.

Rhodesfield station, on the same rail route between Marlboro and the airport, is set to become a new transport hub. The station is directly above commuter rail tracks between Isando and Kempton Park.

Gautrain said its Rhodesfield station was largely complete and that the Passenger Rail Agency of SA was building a new commuter rail station immediately adjacent to the Gautrain station.

It said that the airport station was “substantially complete” with ticket vending machines, fare gates and public address systems installed.

Platform structures and canopies are also largely complete.

Tiling would begin soon, and construction of emergency stairs were continuing, said the update.

Oxford Road, part of which has been closed to two-way traffic since December 2006, will be reopened by the end of the year.

The Bombela consortium’s spokeswoman, Kelebogile Machaka, said that the reinstatement of original traffic routes in Rosebank, including Oxford Road, would begin soon and would be completed by the end of the year.


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