A new frontier in public transport has gripped Gauteng, The Gautrain. A high speed rail system that links Pretoria and Johannesburg and OR Tambo International Airport has finally arrived relieving congestion on major routes by up to a claimed 20% during peak hours. The state of the art system was announced in the year 2000, with a 20 year PPP (Public-private Partnership) contract being signed in 2006, with construction beginning in May 2006. The first public passenger trip was made on 3 February 2009 by 150 people on a 3 kilometre test track at the depot and the first part of the system, between Sandton and OR Tambo Airport, opened to the public on 8 June 2010. This opening was made in time for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
The Gautrain will offer international standards of public transport with high levels of safety, reliability, predictability and comfort. The 24 trains themselves will consist of 4 cars. 5 of these trains will service the airport link with additional storage areas for luggage and more luxurious seating. Gautrain will run at maximum speeds of 160 to 180 kilometres per hour and it will reach Pretoria from Johannesburg in less than 40 minutes. The train is planned to run approximately 18 hours a day with an initial six trains per hour per direction. Gautrain have also ensured that their public transport service will also include dedicated, exclusive bus services to transport passengers to and from stations. Apart from its 3 anchor stations there will also be stations at, Rosebank, Sandton, Marlboro, Midrand, Centurion, Hatfield, and Rhodesfield.
The future trend of lifestyles in Gauteng is expected to focus on living, working and seeking entertainment along Gautrains route. Each of the stops on the Gautrains route includes interesting attractions and destinations for example:
Constitution Hill, Johannesburg Art Gallery, Ellis Park Stadium, FNB stadium in Soweto and several theatres and museum.
Rosebank Mall, The Zone, African Market, Melrose Arch, Wanderers cricket stadium and golf course, Johannesburg Zoo and the Museum of Military History.
The Sandton Convention Centre, Nelson Mandela Square and Sandton City.
A multibillion-rand, mixed-use development called Frankenwald Estate is planned with a dedicated pedestrian link to the station.
Grand Central Airport, Gallagher Estate, the Midrand business district and Zonk Izizwe, a 220-ha multibillion rand seven story mixed-use, high-density property development which will include a lake, parks, outdoor shopping, a hotel, museums, an aquarium, themed-adventure experiences, a nightlife village, multiplex cinemas as well as office and retail space.
Tshwane International Convention, Supersport Park and Centurion City shopping centre.
Theatres such as the State Theatre, UNISA, City Hall, Transvaal Museum, Church Square, the National Zoological Gardens and the National Cultural History Museum, Union Buildings and the Voortrekker Monument.
Brooklyn Mall office and shopping area, the campus and sports grounds of the University of Pretoria, Loftus and Diplomatic missions and embassies.
Should you wish to find out more about the project, initial works and construction activities you can contact the toll-free customer centre on Tel: 0800-42887246. The call centre is operational weekdays between 07:00 and 19:00 with a voicemail system after-hours.
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