First Go!Durban station completed

The first prototype station for GO!Durban at Regent Street and Qashana Khuzwayo Road intersection, New Germany has been completed.

THE first GO!Durban prototype station structure at the intersection of Regent Street and Qashana Khuzwayo Roads in New Germany, has been completed, universal access and fare gates have been tested. The finishing touches are being done to the interior.

This is one of a number of stations currently being constructed on the first route of the new transport network from Pinetown to KwaMashu.

Thami Manyathi, head of the eThekwini Transport Authority, said, “These new stations are no ordinary ‘bus stops’ but is the first step towards a new technological approach in public transport addressing the needs of a developing City.”

By 2030, the new transport network, will eventually have eight dedicated bus lane routes and one rail route, which will link eThekwini Municipality from North to South and East to West.

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“The first route, which is nearing completion, runs from Pinetown CBD through New Germany, Clermont, KwaDabeka, Newlands and Inanda ending at Bridge City in KwaMashu. “Stations will have a fully integrated CCTV system and electronically controlled ticketing system that will ensure commuters can travel safely, cost effectively and reliably,” said Manyathi.

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The current MUVO Smartcard technology being used on some public transport buses around Durban, will be integrated within this new system. Information will be available on electronic displays at stations, on board buses and also via mobile applications.

Manyathi said each station will provide level boarding in compliance with universal accessibility (UA), meaning that people in wheelchairs, pushing prams and carrying suitcases can access the station and bus with ease.

 

 

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Sanelisiwe Tsinde
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