Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport, Dr. Ismail Vadi, today announced that planning for the extensions of the Gauteng rapid rail system will be complete in July 2016.
Vadi was responding to questions at a meeting of the Transport Portfolio Committee in the Gauteng Legislature where he stated that the feasibility report on the extension of the Gauteng rapid rail system is nearly complete and proposals on the further development of the rail network will be made public once necessary consultation processes with all spheres of Government have taken place.
“The Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) expects to have a complete feasibility study ready for submission and consultation to the National Treasury by the end of July 2016,” said Vadi.
He also confirmed that the GMA is to acquire 48 additional rail coaches to carry peak period passenger demand over the next 10 years. In addition, the current rolling stock project involves the expansion of the existing depot to maintain additional trains; signalling improvements to run the trains at shorter headways and additional maintenance equipment.
Vadi added that the minimum standards set by National Treasury for local manufacturing content will be applied for the procurement and maintenance of the rolling stock.
“We will ensure that the GMA achieves 65 percent local content of the supply and maintainer contracts as well as the socio-economic development spin-offs for the country in terms job creation,” emphasised Vadi. Some of the applicable targets for the sub-components making up the trains is related to the assembling of the locomotives; heat, ventilation and air conditioning; motor traction and the electrical and braking systems.
It is expected that the Gautrain rolling stock purchase will enhance the supply chains created by Transnet and PRASA procurements already underway. The Gautrain project has also been registered under Presidential Strategic Infrastructure Projects (SIP7) with the Presidential Infrastructure Coordinating Committee.
Issued by: Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport: Dr Ismail Vadi
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