Gautrain is an 80-kilometre (50 mile) mass rapid transit railway system which links Johannesburg, Pretoria, Ekhuruleni and O. R. Tambo International Airport. It was built to relieve the traffic congestion in the Johannesburg–Pretoria traffic corridor and offer commuters a viable alternative to road transport, as Johannesburg has limited public transport infrastructure. The project was completed with the opening on 7 June 2012 of the final section between Rosebank and Johannesburg Park Station, which had been delayed by problems with excess water seeping into the tunnel between the two stations.
Client: Bombela Consortium / Murray and Roberts
Owner: Gauteng Provincial Government
Location: Gauteng, South Africa
Scope of work: Infrastructure
Contract Period: October 2006 – August 2011
Contract Value: US$ 1 700 000 000
Length: 80 Km
Speed: 160 km/h
Product used: Candy
- The project was announced in 2000, before South Africa won the rights to host the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
- In 2006 the province signed a 20 year PPP contract with the Bombela Concession Co consortium, which includes Murray & Roberts, empowerment organisation Strategic Partners Group, Bombardier, Bouygues, and various minority shareholders.
- The first public passenger trip was made on 3 February 2009 by 150 people on a 3 km (2 min) test track at the depot