The Gautrain Administration Company (GMA) has positioned the procurement of its extra rolling inventory and depot enhancement challenge on maintain till additional discover.
The choice was taken within the mild of the numerous influence that the Covid-19 pandemic and the varied lockdowns have had on passenger demand on the Gautrain, the company stated in an emailed assertion.
“Highway site visitors volumes have additionally decreased considerably and the expansion trajectory for folks actions is more likely to take a while to recuperate to pre-Covid ranges. Thus, while the necessity for added rolling inventory stays, it’s now not as pressing because it was on the time of issuing the tender paperwork in 2019.
“The GMA will take into account measures for addressing varied wants as a part of its future planning of the administration of the Gautrain Undertaking and its holistic necessities.”
GMA chief govt William Dachs advised Engineering News stated that the cancellation was primarily because of the influence of Covid-19 which ‘put a gap’ within the group’s plans, and that it solely anticipates to get again to pre-Covid numbers within the subsequent two to 3 years.
“We’re at the moment at round 20% ridership in contrast with pre-Covid ranges. We have been 30% earlier than Christmas, however then the second wave arrived and ridership went again down once more. In that context is simply doesn’t make sense to do that fairly advanced procurement course of.
“We now see an extended path forward for reaching capability on the Gautrain system, so we determined to place the programme on maintain. We now plan to mix it with the 2026 reinvestment within the system.
He stated the proposed enlargement of the Gautrain system remains to be on the desk, as that may be a long-term challenge with a 30-year horizon.
Dubbed ‘Gautrain 2’, the enlargement challenge will see a further 149km of railway line and 19 new stations added to the present community, and create as much as 175,000 direct jobs within the building section, and 68,000 new jobs within the operational section.
Nonetheless, the challenge is simply more likely to begin in 2024.
The primary section would see the community increasing by 32km, between Marlboro and Little Falls in Roodepoort, and encompass three new stations.
- A hyperlink between Marlboro and Soweto with a further station at Sandton, in addition to new stations at Randburg, Cosmo Metropolis, Little Falls, Roodepoort and Jabulani;
- A hyperlink between Jabulani and Mamelodi by way of Cosmo Metropolis, with new stations at Fourways, Sunninghill, Olievenhoutsbosch, Irene, Tshwane East, Hazeldean, and Mamelodi;
- A hyperlink between Rhodesfield and Boksburg with new stations at East Rand Mall and Boksburg; and
- A hyperlink between Cosmo Metropolis and Lanseria Airport with new stations at Cradle and Lanseria.
The extension’s Section 1 has been submitted to Nationwide Treasury for approval in 2017, already. Dachs stated that the delay is because of the dimension and ambitions of the challenge.