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Aloes rail link part of proposed Motherwell corridor

OCTOBER 30, 2014
Aloes rail link part of proposed Motherwell corridor

Eastern Cape Transport MEC Weziwe Tikana says that the launch of the rail service to Aloes is part of the planned Motherwell Rail Corridor.

In a speech prepared for the launch of the service, the MEC said the link to Motherwell was expected to cost R1 billion.

After withdrawing an initial call for tenders for consultancy services for the detailed design for the infrastructure development of the Motherwell Rail Corridor, the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) re-issued it in the middle of this year.

Phase 1 of the project will consist of a 7.5 kilometre extension into Motherwell for which the planning has been completed, with the detail design taking place when funding has been identified.

Phase 2 of the project involves the construction of an additional 10-kilometre extension, completing “a full loop through Motherwell”. Phase 3 involves the construction of a spur link from Motherwell into Coega in the medium to long term.

Tikana said the Regional Rail Plan has identified the Motherwell and Coega loops as being among “the most important corridors” in Nelson Mandela Bay.

She also revealed that the Eastern Cape had approximately 3 360 route kilometres of railway line and about 450 stations.

Some 37% of the rail infrastructure had been abandoned and 22% was in a poor condition. Only 23% of the infrastructure was in a good condition, - metrominutes