Sunday, February 7, 2010

Troubled Gautrain May Begin Operations Before World Cup

Previously thought to be too far behind schedule to begin operations before the World Cup, planners behind the Gautrain rapid rail link between OR Tambo International Airport and Downtown Johannesburg are predicting the system will be ready two weeks before the tournament.

Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane doesn't want to pay any extra cash to Gautrain concessionaire Bombela in order to bring the launch date forward from June 27. Instead, the provincial government is offering to relax later delivery deadlines for other parts of the project.

Gautrain Management Agency CEO Jack van der Merwe says there is an "80% to 90% chance" that the link will be opened on May 27. "It is looking more than positive," he says. "We hope to sign a new contract and make an announcement in mid-February."

Gautrain may start to roll before World Cup
The Times
January 30, 2010