Reitumetse Makwea
Digital Intern
2 minute read
4 Mar 2021
5:40 am

Video: Questions around physical fit of new trains

Reitumetse Makwea

With so many 'state-of-theart trains' in production, where will they be deployed if the infrastructure, especially in Gauteng, remained in its current state?

Gauteng premier David Makhura next to one of the new trains being built in Nigel. Picture: Supplied

While there were many wins for the economy coming out of the Gibela Rail train manufacturing plant in Nigel, questions remain around what was being done to ensure a physical fit for new trains which are too low for current railway station platforms. “The Gibela Rail Transport Consortium has to deliver 600 new X’Ttrapolis Mega trains [3 600 cars] to the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa [Prasa] in a R59 billion deal signed in 2014,” said Gibela chief executive Hector Danisa. In a presentation, Danisa said more than 55 trains have been delivered to Prasa so far, as per...