GO!Durban Major Milestones Reached in 2015

GO!Durban the eThekwini Municipality’s new integrated rapid public transport network, which is poised to provide a world-class solution for the City’s future public transport needs, has reached a number of significant milestones in 2015.

The new system, which promises to ensure improved mobility for all, aims to get Durban in line with successful cities world-wide where public transport is an integral part of the economic and social functioning. A number of years in the planning and 20 months in construction, these milestones demonstrate the progress being made towards a “Go Live” date.

In April 2014, after four years of planning, construction began on the first corridor or dedicated bus lane from Bridge City, in KwaMashu to Pinetown’s CBD.    “The construction on this first route has required adaptation of existing infrastructure which has meant that the project has not been without its own set of challenges, however the eThekwini Transport Authority is pleased with the progress that has been made so far, and that operation on this first route will be a reality in the next 16 months.” said His Worship the Mayor James Nxumalo.

Milestones in 2015 have included:

  • The      completion of the St John’s Road underpass in Pinetown at the intersection      with Josiah Gumede Avenue (Old Main Road), which required narrowing of the      underpass for the dedicated bus lane and expanding the deck of the      intersection to widen the road for mixed use traffic.
  • The      beginning of a major interchange near the MR577/Newlands Expressway      intersection, which includes three ramps and a bridge.
  •  The beginning of an underpass under the M25 linking the      Bridge City precinct with the Phoenix Industrial area.
  • The      completion of a number of station platforms.
  • The      upgrade of the current Traffic Management Control Centre which will      provide CCTV coverage of the IRPTN corridors and main arterials,      monitoring of buses and the safety and security surveillance at the      stations.
  • The      beginning of construction of a bridge over the N2 north of the Mount      Edgecombe and N2 interchange which will eventually form part of the C9      route or corridor from Umhlanga to Bridge City in KwaMashu. (A move made      by City leaders, which effectively saves R180 million by utilising the      current contractor developing the N2/M41 interchange).
  • Regular      engagements by senior management with various stakeholder groupings across      the municipality have taken place.
  • Twelve      formal engagements with community, subcontractors and businesses in the      affected wards of the first route with a further three to be completed in      the next two months.
  • Two      engagements, jointly hosted with the Durban Chamber of Commerce &      Industry (DCCI), in Pinetown where the work has been the most intense this      year to update businesses and residents on developments.
  •  A further two engagements to showcase and discuss      opportunities available for investors in the project, jointly hosted by      the DCCI and GO!Durban.
  • A      public transport drivers’ summit attended by 500 delegates, at which the      industry were able to address concerns and issues, and come up with      resolutions, which are in the process of being addressed.

“While significant progress has been made from an infrastructural point of view, this progress cannot be seen in isolation,” explained Cllr James Nxumalo. “GO!Durban is more than a transport project rather it is an infrastructural programme that will restructure our society and connect communities that have not been connected because of historic divisive urban planning. The multi-billion rand infrastructure is a platform for development to build around and onto: to create densified residential and commercially viable urban nodes. The tons of soil, kilometres of asphalt, concrete and steel, interchanges and bridges may be technically impressive but it is meaningless if they don’t provide societal restructuring. The more important part of this journey begins now, so that when the corridor opens we are able to provide connectivity for all – including for old people, children and the disabled. We need this as we strive for a more socially cohesive city.”

Construction will halt for the holidays from December 15 and resume in the new year on January 8 2016.

For more information go to www.godurban.co.za