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Gautrain completion date still unknown

Bombela Concession Company insists the Gautrain's drainage system in place is working well.

Gautrain completion date is still unknown. Picture: Gia Nicolaides/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - There is still no indication as to when the final leg of the Gautrain system will be open to the public, as disputes over water seepage continue.

The Bombela Concession Company maintains the train is ready to operate between Rosebank and Park Station, while the Gautrain Management Agency said it cannot provide assurances that the water will not cause long-term damage to the underground tunnel.

In April, Gautrain commuters were given a glimmer of hope when Bombela announced it was ready to operate between Rosebank and Park Station, the final phase of the project.

The Gautrain Management Agency hit back, saying according to its contract it needs assurance that the amount of water being pumped out of the tunnel will not cause damage to the railway track or affect long term operations.

Bombela insists the drainage system in place is working well.

The agency is considering approaching the Arbitration Foundation of South Africa to help sort out the dispute if it is not resolved soon.