JOHANNESBURG - The Gautrain was operating smoothly between Rosebank and Park station in the Johannesburg CBD on Thursday morning, after the final phase of the project was opened to the public.
The day started off with just one passenger travelling between Park Station and Rosebank, but by two hours later, hundreds had already made their way to the CBD using the Gautrain.
Transport MEC Ismail Vadi, who boarded one of the trains, said this was a milestone for the province.
“I think this will stimulate development for business, but more importantly its an opportunity for Gauteng commuters."
He claimed the Gautrain route will be extended even further in years to come.
The final phase of the project between Rosebank and Park Station opened to the public on Thursday after months of delays due to water seepage issues in the underground tunnel.
The Gautrain was given the go ahead to operate, but there is still a disagreement over the amount of water being pumped out of the tunnel.
“It is still subject of a disagreement between ourselves and provincial government,” said Bombela's Errol Braithwaite.
“The amount of water coming into the tunnel doesn’t impact operations at all or on train safety.”
An independent tribunal will hear the water seepage dispute between the Bombela Concession Company and the Gauteng Provincial Government in September 2012.
(Edited by Clare Matthes)