Sod-turning ceremony celebrates construction of George Transport Hub

JUNE 3, 2016

To celebrate the commencement of the construction of a new, modern passenger service centre for the GO GEORGE bus service this week, George Executive Mayor, Charles Standers, hosted a sod-turning ceremony at the construction site at the current terminus in Cradock Street on Friday.

“The City Council shares the community’s excitement about this impressive, convenient facility for the bus passengers and staff, that will be known as the George Transport Hub. Architect Brian Stokes really went the extra mile to design a user- and environment-friendly structure that perfectly complements our top-class buses and service,” says Mayor Standers.

Costing R15 million, the new under-cover centre will comprise six bus stops and loading areas, two entrances, four high-security ticket booths, toilets, an information centre, comfortable seating (231 seats), hand railings to separate queueing passengers from buses, bicycle racks and shade trees. An important design principle is the universal accessibility for people with special needs, like tap rails for people with limited vision.

Energy saving is brought about by the use of natural light and ventilation, and low water usage toilets score points on the green side. The galvanised steel structure and finishes do not require paint and contribute to the low maintenance required by the building.

“If all goes according to plan, we’ll have a huge celebration early in December to inaugurate the George Transport Hub,” says Standers.

“In the meantime, we thank passengers for their patience and cooperation during the construction period. I have no doubt whatsoever that it will be worth the wait once we all enjoy the convenience of a proper, convenient passenger service facility.”

Image: In spite of the rainy weather, spirits were high as George Executive Mayor, Charles Standers, turned the sod on the construction site of the new George Transport Hub on Friday. Several role-players in the project attended the ceremony. Pictured here to celebrate the occasion are, from left, Brian Stokes (architect), Willie Cilliers (president, George Business Chamber), Brad Stockigt (C&B Construction), Mayor Standers, James Robb (GO GEORGE Manager), Dean Chandler (Aecom Quantity Surveyors) and Harold Basson (Director of Civil Engineering Services, George Municipality).