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Thousands use new Gautrain route

At least 3,000 commuters have used the new Gautrain route to Park Station.

Gautrain Park Station. Picture: Gia Nicolaides/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Thousands of commuters were transported to the Johannesburg city centre via the Gautrain's new Park Station link on Thursday.

The final phase of the project was officially opened to the public earlier this morning.

By 8.30am, around 3,000 commuters travelled along the new route.

Gauteng Transport MEC Ismail Vadi said he was impressed with the final phase.

"This is a momentous occasion and it's a great milestone for public transport in Gauteng. I think this will stimulate economic development."

Vadi said the Gautrain route will be extended even further in years to come.

The final phase opened after months of delays due to water seepage problems in underground tunnels.

But the Gautrain was given the green light late on Thursday.

There is still a disagreement over the amount of water being pumped out of the tunnel.

Bombela spokesperson Errol Braithwaite said, "The amount of water coming into the tunnel doesn't impact operations at all."

In September, an independent tribunal will hear the water seepage dispute between Bombela and the Gauteng provincial government.