20 October 2010
The Pretoria, Hatfield and Centurion stations for the Gautrain rapid rail link between Johannesburg, Pretoria and OR Tambo International Airport are due to be ready and operational by June 2011.
South Africa’s first high-speed train cruises at between 160 and 180 kilometres per hour, which will enable commuters to travel between Johannesburg and Pretoria in well under 40 minutes.
There will be six trains per hour in both directions, with the train operating approximately 18 hours per day.
The Gautrain’s airport to Sandton link has been operating since the 2010 Fifa World Cup in June.
Hatfield was selected as a Gautrain station for a number of reasons, including its accessibility from the N1 and N4 freeways. The two other Pretoria stations are Centurion (at Centurion Lake) and Pretoria (adjacent to the historic Pretoria main station).
“The ticket offices, station control rooms and payment stations are standard components, but each station has its own brief and accommodation schedule,” Bombela spokesperson Kelebogile Machaka said during a media tour of the three stations last week.
The offices and guard house located between the Rissik and Hartbeesspruit stations are complete but still need floor and wall tiling, Machaka said. The multi-storey parking garage for park-and-ride passengers is also complete. Only the floor tiling needs to be done.
The railway line and platforms will be below ground level. Work is under way to ensure they are accessible by stairs and escalators from ground level, and also by lifts to accommodate passengers with disabilities.
Construction for vehicle and bus parking is still at an early stage at the Pretoria station, but the closed-circuit television has been fitted. The offices and toilets are also complete.
Rails have been laid at the 200 metre long station, but the automated machines are not yet fitted. Tiling at the platforms has not yet commenced.