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Ekurhuleni sinks R2bn into transport


Ekurhuleni is expected to spend about R2-billion in the next three years on improving and integrating its public transport system.

The expenditure will focus on implementing an integrated rapid public transport network that will extend the municipal bus services and additional infrastructure such as safe pedestrian and cycle ways.

Ekurhuleni has a development history that is different to that of the two other metros in Gauteng, Tshwane and Johannesburg.

The other metros are characterised by having a single city centre and by being surrounded by small towns.

Ekurhuleni is an amalgamation of nine towns that do not have an integrated public transport service.

The head of transport for Ekurhuleni, Yolisa Mashilwane, said the council had adopted an integrated rapid public transport network plan and was now focused on implementing a sophisticated network of support infrastructure and transport services. These are intended to encourage trade and job creation, and create a better quality of life for the metro’s communities and businesses.

“The first phase of [the transport] network has begun. [The route] starts near Tembisa Hospital and runs to Vosloorus in the south via Kempton Park, OR Tambo Airport and Boksburg.

“The 56km route connects the two biggest residential settlements in the metro with major commercial and industrial centres,” Mashilwane said.

Ekurhuleni’s public transport corridor runs through the proposed aerotropolis development and regeneration zone.

Dedicated public transport lanes are under construction and will be supported by complementary routes [for] mixed traffic and further feeder services in close proximity to the main routes, Mashilwane said.

Ekurhuleni has allocated R80-million over the next two years for a fleet of “eco-buses” that will service areas that fall outside of the envisaged integrated rapid public transport network.

“We are not building only bus lanes or transport facilities, we are building a legacy that will benefit generations to come. These projects will bring employment and prosperity to Ekurhuleni,” Mashilwane said.



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