Merc to supply gautrain buses

THE multi-billion rand Gautrain project has announced its preferred bidder to supply buses for the rapid rail system.

THE multi-billion rand Gautrain project has announced its preferred bidder to supply buses for the rapid rail system.

At least 125 buses will be supplied by Mercedes-Benz to transport Gautrain passengers to work from the stations once the project is complete. The buses will cover 43km of bus routes and travel 26000km every day.

"They will transport passengers from the train stations to work and back," said spokesperson Kelebogile Machaka.

The rapid train system will have at least 10 stations: Pretoria, Centurion, Midrand, Sandton, Marlboro, Rosebank, Park Station, Rhodesville and OR Tambo International Airport. The bus fleet will operate on about 36 routes from nine of the 10 Gautrain stations, excluding the OR Tambo route.

Chief executive of Bombela Concession Company Jerome Govender said: "The dedicated feeder and distribution bus service is a critical part of the Gautrain system because it will provide an alternative to cars as a mode of access to Gautrain stations."

Govender said a Gautrain trip from Johannesburg to Pretoria would take at least 40 minutes.

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