South Africa 6.4.2016 09:00 am

R2bn plan drives BRT to Sandton

FILE PICTURE: A Rea Vaya bus passes its terminal. Picture: Alaister Russell.

FILE PICTURE: A Rea Vaya bus passes its terminal. Picture: Alaister Russell.

Government had created 1 000 jobs and empowered 24 small, medium-sized and microenterprises through construction activity.

The City of Joburg is rolling out its Rea Vaya Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) system to Sandton, Alexandra and Marlboro through a R2.1 billion road infrastructure project. Mayoral committee member for transport Christine Walters yesterday said government was making progress in the infrastructure development.

Walters, accompanied by City of Joburg officials, yesterday took media on a tour to view various infrastructural projects in Sandton and Marlboro. They included construction work on Sandspruit Bridge, the Marlboro interchange, cycling lanes along Linden and Rivonia roads, and along Maude, West and Fifth streets. Walters said government had, to date, created 1 000 jobs and empowered 24 small, medium-sized and microenterprises through construction activity.

“Joburgers no longer have to use private motorised transport,” said Walters. “They can now opt for alternatives on dedicated safe routes. “The BRT will come from Alexandra and transport people around Sandton.”

BRT construction in the Sandton business district will be completed in November, followed by the wrapping up of phase 1 next April. Through such projects, the city aims to reshape land use to promote new public transport corridors and a network of nonmotorised transport infrastructure.

– warren@citizen.co.za

 

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