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Gautrain network expansion to reach Roodepoort and Boksburg

Gautrain only covers 80 kilometres across 10 different stations at the moment.


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It’s recently been reported that extensions to the existing Gautrain infrastructure are in the works, with Lanseria, Little Falls, and Boksburg highlighted as areas the proposed new rail infrastructure will reach, according to The Citizen.

Traffic will severely slow down by 2037

The good news is that this does appear to be part of the plan to alleviate congestion in Gauteng where it’s estimated at the current growth levels the average rush hour traffic speed will be 15km an hour by 2037.

As a result, planning is underway to expand the Gautrain infrastructure to service larger parts of Gauteng and take some of the strain off the road network.

The complete map of what the Gautrain Rapid Rail Network will look like once Phase 5 of the expansion is complete. Image credit: Gautrain Management Agency.

However, excitement about this development may be a bit premature as Gauteng MEC for roads and transport has confirmed that planning is underway for the project, but that completion is likely over the next few decades.

“The feasibility study concludes that the extension project will provide significant economic and transport-related benefits to the province. However, the decision for the extensions is not imminent, and currently, the Gautrain Management Agency is engaging with the National Treasury on additional revenue models and demand studies.”

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The expansion will create jobs

The project is likely to be a massive undertaking that will create an estimated 211 000 jobs and multi-billion rand procurement expenditure.

Currently, the Gautrain covers approximately 80km with ten stations, and had completed nearly 80 million trips by 2017.

At this point, the feasibility study has been forwarded to the Treasury for approval. The proposed extension plan has been broken down into 5 phases that will eventually see 19 new stations.

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Lanseria, Boksburg and Soweto to join the rail

These include routes to Lanseria via Cosmo City and the Cradle of Humankind with coverage from Mamelodi in the north, Boksburg in the South and Soweto South West of Gauteng.

A few Twitter users, however, couldn’t help but get excited about the news, with one user saying the City of Cape Town should catch a wake up. Matsobane C Khwinana‏ said the Gautrain expansion is long overdue, adding: 

“I am excited, I live in Fourways, we need it badly here and some jobs will be created. Perhaps this is a better stimulus.”