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Gautrain needs 48 more carriages to keep up with current demand

The Gautrain is now carrying the number of passengers it was aiming to hit in 2020.

Gautrain. Picture: Wikimedia Commons.
Gautrain,Gautrain bus service,Gautrain Management Agency
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JOHANNESBURG - The Gautrain Management Agency says it needs an additional 48 carriages to keep up with the number of passengers using the locomotive in the province.

The Gautrain is now carrying the number of passengers it was aiming to hit in 2020, which is around 60,000 commuters a day.

Spokesperson William Dachs says the train competes well with car usage and they're now looking at buying more carriages.

“We need to get an extra 48 carriages that will give us 12 train sets - four cars each. This will allow us to run a service, with what we call a smaller headway between trains. Currently at 10 minutes, we’d be able to get that down and by doing that, we’d be able to carry more passengers.”

Meanwhile, the Gautrain Bus Service has now resumed after drivers went on strike this morning.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

 

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