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Prasa has Allocated R900 Million for Motherwell Rail Line

Dec 5, 2014
Prasa has Allocated R900 Million for Motherwell Rail Line

Eastern Cape Transport MEC Weziwe Tikana says the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) has already allocated “approximately R900 million” for the Motherwell rail line over the three financial years from 2014/15 to 2016/17.

Replying to a question in the Bhisho Legislature from Marshall von Buchen-roeder (DA), The MEC said the rail link was “a high priority” for PRASA and both provincial and local government and was currently “in progress”.

Tikana explained that PRASA carried out the planning and review of the Motherwell Rail Corridor in 2013, which included the involvement of a number of key stakeholders and institutions.

They included the Provincial Government through the Department of Transport, Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, Transnet Freight Rail and the Coega Development Corporation (CDC).

Tikana said that the project entailed providing a service to the Motherwell community “by creating a loop that branches off from the Swartkops area into Motherwell, with a number of railway stations built alone the line to cater for the community at large”.

The MEC said PRASA had gone out to tender for the detailed design phase of the project that also included the environmental impact assessment and public participation process.

She said PRASA was currently finalising the tender adjudication process and it was expected that the detailed design phase would start at the beginning of next year and take between 12 and 15 months.

The implementation/construction phase would then follow, she said, adding that final costs would be determined during the design process. - MetroMinutes.


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