Gautrain Management Agency, an 80-kilometre (50 mi) mass rapid transit railway system in Gauteng which links Johannesburg, Pretoria, Ekhuruleni and O. R. Tambo International Airport, has raised alarm on the need for an additional 48 carriages to keep up with the number of passengers using the locomotive in the province.
The Gautrain which is now carrying about 60,000 commuters a day, is said to have reached the estimated number of passengers it was aiming to hit in 2020.
The agency’s spokesperson, William Dachs says the train now competes well with car usage and they’re now looking at buying more carriages to help them meet up with the demands of their ever-increasing customer base.
“We need to get an extra 48 carriages that will give us 12 train sets – four cars each. This will allow us to run a service, with what we call a smaller headway between trains. Currently at 10 minutes, we’d be able to get that down and by doing that, we’d be able to carry more passengers.” he said.
The Gautrain Bus Service which had been temporarily unavailable, has resumed work after drivers went on strike this morning.
We could recall a while ago that Gautrain reported it its temporarily suspended train services between the Pretoria and Hatfield stations after losing power on an operating track.
The train was said to be temporarily unavailable in these areas in other to repair some of the railway infrastructures that were damaged by a cement truck that collided into a barrier between Gautrain and Metrorailtrack.
Hence, having commenced work in full force, we strongly believe that challenges related to transportation will be forgotten in no sooner time.
Gautrain was built in 2012, to relieve the traffic congestion in the Johannesburg–Pretoria traffic corridor and offer commuters a viable alternative to road transport, as Johannesburg has limited public transport infrastructure. So far, one can say that the vision for creating Gautrain has been achieved.