by Ethekwini Municipality

Durbs happy with new public transport system

Council approves IRPTN progress report

The executive committee of eThekwini Municipality say they are pleased with the progress made by the IRPTN.

EThekwini's executive committee has paid a visit to the Bridge City Railway Station in KwaMashu and also travelled along the route which has been earmarked for the Integrated Rapid Public Transport Network or IRPTN development while making various stops at Bester Market and Ntuzuma.

The IRPTN will see the establishment of nine transport corridors linked by various modes of transport across eThekwini by 2020.

It is aimed at providing affordable and accessible public transport to eThekwini citizens and to connect different areas around the city.

The delegation was led by the mayor of Durban, James Nxumalo who was accompanied by his deputy, Nomvuzo Shabalala, exco members, city manager, Sibusiso Sithole and municipal officials.

The mayor said they were pleased about the progress of the IRPTN.

“Things are really looking good and we are very happy that this project is taking off.

"We are particularly pleased to see the excellent work that has been done at Bridge City Station; it is really state of the art."

The head at the eThekwini Transport Authority, Thami Manyathi said the project was now at the implementation stage. 

“We are now focusing on the construction side of the project and bringing it to life,” Manyathi explained.

The municipality took the first step towards the implementation of the IRPTN with the launch of its public transport smartcard, the “Muvo” card which is now being used on 'Durban transport' and 'people mover' buses instead of the normal paper bus coupon. As the IRPTN is phased in, the smartcard will eventually be usable on all modes of public transport, including trains.

Richard Beck, project manager at Focus Project Management said the Bridge City Railway Station had a strategic rail route which incorporated other train routes in eThekwini.

“We are trying to alleviate traffic on the road.

"The station has two levels with four platforms for different railway lines.

"There are also lifts and escalators for commuters to use,” he said.

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