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21 May 2015 10:32
With urbanisation progressing at breakneck speed,
particularly in developed countries, Prasa is at the forefront in ensuring that it seeks to revive rail, as a backbone of public transport, by expanding its networks and services. These include
new rail expansion, upgrading and modernisation of existing infrastructure and stations, as
well as rail technology advancements.
The KwaZulu-Natal prioritised list of rail service and network expansion interventions will
in the medium to long-term focus on providing more capacity to accommodate forecast
growth, transform the rail product in many
corridors, seek to make better use of the network, and proposed corridor extension to new
or growing settlements.
KwaZulu-Natal is fast experiencing some of
the investment in public transport infrastructure, such as Prasa’s Bridge City Rail link, the
introduction of the Business Express train
between Durban and Pietermaritzburg, as well
as the signaling system and depot modernisation projects.
Prasa has embarked on station modernisation for the upgrade of 30 stations, remodeling
and upgrade of Berea Road station as a major
CBD intermodal transport hub, including
Umlazi and Duffs Road stations.
In preparation for the new rolling stock, Springfield and
Durban Yards will be upgraded accordingly.
The construction of the Rossburgh Central
Control Centre is part of Prasa’s national signaling upgrade.
A rail link is proposed for the Dube Trade
Port and King Shaka International Airport and
the development of an interim Metrorail station at Nyaninga/Verulem, with bus feeder to
the airport, and a rail connection between the
airport and Durban Central Business District,
as well as north to Ballito to facilitate connectivity at a regional level. The feasibility of rail
service expansion opportunities on existing
rail infrastructure, branch lines, e.g. Northern
lines is being reviewed.
Our commitment as Prasa is improving
integration between rail and other public
transport modes. A Provincial Rail Steering
Committee has been established to oversee the
implementation of strategic rail projects.”
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