Listen: Gautrain expansion plans delayed by two years due to COVID-19

William Dachs, Chief Operating Officer from the Gautrain Management Agency confirmed that the planned expansion of will be delayed. Back in 2019, the Agency said the expansion would be complete by 2024.

Gauteng expansion plans: What you need to know

Speaking to 702, Dachs, however, said “not all bad news” and clarified that the project is not on hold, the timeline has just changed. It is, after all, a long-term project with a 30-year projection.

“The project is not on hold, it’s just that our original estimates that we would be starting work by 2024 do not seem that realistic anymore“.

William Dachs, Chief Operating Officer, Gautrain Management Agency

Dachs also told Engineering News that the delay was due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but anticipates to get back on track within the next two to three years. It will now be combined with the 2026 reinvestment in the system.

Gautrain expansion: New planned routes

We reported back in 2018 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 Gautrain system currently covers approximately 80 kilometres with ten stations and had completed nearly 80 million trips by 2017. It was estimated that the expansion project would create more than 240 000 jobs.

“It is not all bad news, we are greatly encouraged by the infrastructure we are getting.”

William Dachs, Chief Operating Officer, Gautrain Management Agency on 702

Listen: Gautrain Management Agency COO on 702

The proposed extension plan has been 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.

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.

  • A link between Marlboro and Soweto with an additional station at Sandton, as well as new stations at Randburg, Cosmo City, Little Falls, Roodepoort and Jabulani
  • Connecting Jabulani and Mamelodi through Cosmo City, with new stations at Fourways, Sunninghill, Olievenhoutsbosch, Irene, Tshwane East, Hazeldean, and Mamelodi
  • A link between Rhodesfield and Boksburg with new stations at East Rand Mall and Boksburg
  • Connecting Cosmo City and Lanseria Airport with new stations at Cradle and Lanseria.
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