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Park Station’s R400m revamp includes new transport facility and Rea Vaya routes

Transport in southern Africa is set to be revolutionised by a R400m revamp for Johannesburg’s iconic Park Station. The revamp‚ is expected to be completed in October 2018‚ and is currently underway.

The Kazerne transport facility will integrate local and regional transport and will be used as a rank for and to host long-distance and cross-border taxis and buses travelling from Johannesburg to other Southern African Development Community countries.

The facilities will also see the construction of new Rea Vaya routes to areas currently not serviced by Johannesburg’s rapid bus transport system.

Residents of Alexandra‚ Wynberg‚ Orange Grove and Sandton will have nearly 150 dedicated Rea Vaya buses on their streets by October next year.

Member of the Mayoral Committee (MMC) for Transport in Johannesburg, Councillor Nonhlanhla Makhuba said construction of the Kazerne transport hub‚ which began in 2014‚ was due to be completed by June next year.

She said it would minimise the distance pedestrians had to walk to reach different forms of transport.

“We are addressing the ill effects of the past and implementing programmes that link residents to economic opportunities and bring quality public transport services closer to the people. The facility will ease the plight of the poor,” she said.

Makhuba said by September there would be a dedicated public transport loop around the Sandton business district.

“This should make it easier for commuters using buses and minibus taxis to end or start their journey in Sandton,” she added. “The construction of the new Rea Vaya routes will create both temporary and permanent jobs.”

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