Gautrain Management Agency has put forward a proposed expansion to its Gautrain rail network following a successful feasibility study.
The extension of the Gauteng Rapid Rail Integrated Network, located just outside of Pretoria, would see a further 149km and 19 stations added to the network under a PPP model.
The original Gautrain project was originally procured as a PPP in 2007, and reached financial close with a consortium including Bouygues and Bombardier developing the network. Both have since divested from the project.
"The completed feasibility study was submitted to the National Treasury for Treasury Approval for Phase 1," said Dr Barbara Jensen, a member of Gautrain’s communication team.
"The magnitude and complexity of the proposed extensions necessitated implementation in five phases over a period of time.”
Gauteng province is also part of a housing megacity PPP that was recently launched by South African President Cyril Ramaphosa – who has promised to change the nation’s PPP frameworks to bring more projects forward.