KZN Business Sense - Major Milestones Reached in 2015
KZN Business Sense - Major Milestones Reached in 2015

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KZN Business Sense - Major Milestones Reached in 2015


GO! Durban the eThekwini Municipality’s new integrated rapid public transport network, which is poised to provide a world-class solution for the City’s future public transport needs, has reached a number of significant milestones in 2015.

The new system, which promises to ensure improved mobility for all, aims to get Durban in line with successful cities world-wide where public transport is an integral part of the economic and social functioning. A number of years in the planning and 20 months in construction, these milestones demonstrate the progress being made towards a “Go Live” date.

In April 2014, after four years of planning, construction began on the first corridor or dedicated bus lane
from Bridge City, in KwaMashu to Pinetown’s CBD. “The construction on this first route has required adaptation of existing infrastructure which has meant that the project has not been without its own set of challenges, however the eThekwini Transport Authority is pleased with the progress that has been made so far, and that operation on this first route will be a reality in the next 16 months.” said His Worship the
Mayor James Nxumalo.

“While significant progress has been made from an infrastructural point of view, this progress cannot be seen in isolation,” explained Cllr James Nxumalo.  â€œGO!Durban is more than a transport project rather it is an infrastructural programme that will restructure our society and connect communities that have not been connected because of historic divisive urban planning. The multibillion rand infrastructure is a platform for development to build around and onto: to create densified residential and commercially viable urban nodes. The tons of soil, kilometres of asphalt, concrete and steel, interchanges and bridges may be technically impressive but it is meaningless if they don’t provide societal restructuring.  The more important part of this journey begins now, so that when the corridor opens we are able to provide connectivity for all â€" including for old people, children and the disabled. We need this as we strive for a more socially cohesive city.”

Construction will halt for the holidays from December 15 and resume in the new year on January 8, 2016.

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