Details on the new Gautrain routes and expansion are expected to be made public this week.
Gauteng Public Transport, Roads and Infrastructure MEC, Jacob Mamabolo said R2.45 billion will be allocated to the Gautrain for operational expenses and subsidies for the 2022/23 financial year.
The South African previously reported that extensions to the existing Gautrain infrastructure were in the works, with Lanseria, Little Falls, Soweto and Boksburg highlighted as areas the proposed new rail infrastructure will reach.
These would 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.
The proposed extension plan was broken down into 5 phases that will eventually see 19 new stations. The expansion would add an additional 149km of railway line and 19 new stations. It was estimated that the expansion project would create more than 240 000 jobs.
Phase 1 – which was submitted to National Treasury for approval in 2017 – would see the network expanding by 32 kilometres and three new stations between Marlboro and Little Falls in Roodepoort.
On 11 May, The National Rail Policy White Paper was officially made public outlining the government’s plans to fix South Africa’s broken train network.
One of the proposals tackles the idea of bringing the Gautrain system to other parts of the country.
In total, regions have been punted for a high-speed rail network – three of which would rely on the existing infrastructure: