Construction of GO!Durban, the eThekwini Municipality’s new integrated rapid public transport network is well underway with the development of the C3 corridor from Bridge City, in KwaMashu, to Pinetown CBD, in the first phase of the project.
The first corridor or trunk route is due to be operational in 2016. Construction has started on the dedicated public transport lanes on the MR577, a provincial road, which links KwaMashu to Pinetown. Construction has also started on Josiah Gumede Road in Pinetown CBD. This trunk route will accommodate 18 transfer stations and 24 kilometres of dedicated lanes.
Seventy-one articulated buses will have right of way directly along the corridor, ensuring that passengers have an efficient commute, free of congestion and delays. There is a terminal at Bridge City in KwaMashu and the buses will turn at Lahee Park and return to KwaMashu.
“Commuters, business-owners, workers and residents in these areas are urged to find alternate routes, or to ensure they allow for more time on the road to get to their destinations during this construction phase,” requests Thami Manyathi, Head of eThekwini Transport Authority.
“As we roll out this exciting new network for our citizens, we see the tangible development of what a few years ago was only a dream,” says Mayor of eThekwini Municipality, Cllr James Nxumalo. “If the City is to achieve higher rates of growth in economic development, address unemployment and inequality, we need a vastly improved public transport system that will bring about far reaching benefits for public transport users and all residents and visitors in the City.”
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