Gautrain Rail Link Prepares for World Cup Kick-Off

The 80 km South African Gautrain rail link, claimed to be Africa's largest public private partnership, will connect Johannesburg with both Pretoria and Johannesburg's airport, with a number of intermediate stops. With original cost estimates at Rand 4 billion ($571 million US (current)), this build-operate-transfer project's current estimated cost stands at Rand 25.1 billion. National and provincial governments, as well as four-entity bidding consortium Bombela, are shouldering costs. The article discusses both public and private funding mechanisms, as well as construction progress to date. The rail link, where train speeds are designed to reach 180 km/h, will, hopefully, alleviate worsening traffic congestion along sections of highway. While most of the line is scheduled to open in March 2011, it is hoped that the rail section extending from Johannesburg's airport to the line's Midrand and Sandton stations will open in time for the June 2010 soccer World Cup, which will take place in South Africa.


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  • Pagination: pp 39-41
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  • Accession Number: 01049859
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 17 2007 2:58PM