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March

2018

GO!Durban Prepares to Kick-start Service in Latter Half of 2018

This year marks a significant milestone for the City as the eThekwini Municipality prepares for the much-anticipated start of service of the first route of the new GO!Durban integrated public transport network from Pinetown’s CBD to KwaMashu’s Bridge City.

Aligned to the eThekwini Municipality’s vision to be Africa’s most caring and liveable city by 2030, this integrated network of public transport will give people access to places and opportunities in a manner never before experienced in Durban. Once the service begins in the latter part of 2018, the new system will provide commuters a world-class transport solution, which will get them to their destination safely, on time and at affordable rates.

The first route, which features a dedicated road lane only accessed by the new state-of-the-art GO!Durban buses, runs from Anderson Street in Pinetown’s CBD to Bridge City in KwaMashu utilising the provincial road MR577 (Dumisani Makhaye).

“The new transport system is a game-changer for the City,” says Her Worship, the Mayor Councillor Zandile Gumede. “Globally we have seen how transport systems, have worked to improve the liveability of a city and unlock economic and social opportunities. So our first provision of a route in an area so in need of opportunities and development, is very exciting.”

 

“This has been, and still remains one of the important catalytic programmes we have embarked on, and it has come with a sea of visionaries, experts, planners, contractors and labour who have been working tirelessly to deliver the prototype for the future. As part of the overall process of providing a new safe and reliable system, current public transport operator leadership and our City’s leadership are planning how they will participate and integrate into the new system for the benefit of all stakeholders.”

Areas and precincts along the route have begun to attract investors and interest in developments, as the transport network now has the potential to attract critical mass to stimulate economic growth. Along the routes, upgrades of urban precinct nodes with new lighting, street furniture and landscaping, have already begun to alter the way in which people use these spaces, making for much more user-friendly and safer environments.

“Our message to citizens, from commuters, operators and businesses – small, medium and large, is that as a city we can deliver the infrastructure and systems, but ultimately it is yours to embrace, look after and utilise for the betterment of all. This is a legacy project which means getting around the City and accessing opportunities will continue to improve, and in that there is enormous hope.”

“The City will be embarking on a communication campaign in the second quarter of 2018 to create awareness of how the new system will work, so that by the time it begins, commuters fully understand how to use it,” says Cllr Gumede.

 


22

February

2018

Water Restrictions for New Germany, Pinetown and Clermont – 28 February 2018

To allow for the installation of a major water connection on the GO!Durban bus route at the Otto Volek and Dinkleman Road intersection in New Germany, the Mount Moriah Water Reservoir will be shut down overnight from 6pm on February 28 to 6am (with a possible extension to 9am) on March 1.

Mount Moriah services Wyebank and Berkshire Downs reservoirs, which supply water for most of New Germany, Pinetown and Clermont. With this shutdown these two reservoirs will not be topped up until the next morning.

eThekwini Water Services (EWS) will make every endeavour to ensure that both Wyebank and Berkshire Downs reservoirs are full at the point of shutdown, so as not to affect businesses and residents. EWS is requesting that those in the area be mindful that there will be a limited amount of water for use over that 12/15 hour period and treat usage as one would do under drought/restriction conditions, so that the water does not run out.

For more information contact .
Toll free number 080-1313-013,
SMS 083-707-3013, 
Mxit 083 707 3013, 
Fax 031-311-8220 and 
Email eservices@dmws.durban.gov.za


4

December

2017

GO!Durban stations are world-class

The first GO!Durban prototype station structure, at the intersection of Regent Street and Qashana Khuzwayo Roads in New Germany, has been completed! Its universal access and fare gates were tested, and the finishing touches are being done to the interior.

This is one of a number of stations currently being constructed on the first route of the new transport network from Pinetown to KwaMashu. According to Thami Manyathi, Head of the eThekwini Transport Authority, “these new stations are no ordinary “bus stops” but are the first step towards a new technological approach in public transport addressing the needs of a developing City.”

By 2030, the new transport network, will eventually have eight dedicated bus lane routes and one rail route, which will link the eThekwini Municipality from north to south and east to west. The first route, which is nearing completion, runs from Pinetown CBD through New Germany, Clermont, KwaDabeka, Newlands and Inanda ending at Bridge City in KwaMashu.

Stations will have a fully integrated CCTV system and electronically controlled ticketing system that will ensure commuters can travel safely, cost effectively and reliably. The current MUVO Smartcard technology being used on some public transport buses around Durban, will be integrated within this new system. In addition, there will be an Advanced Public Management Transport System that will provide passengers with information on bus arrival times. Information will be available on electronic displays at stations, on buses and also via Mobile Applications.

Each station will provide level boarding in compliance with universal accessibility (UA), meaning that people in wheelchairs, pushing prams and carrying suitcases, can access the station and bus with ease. The stations and buses will also be compliant with UA standards, with visual and auditory prompts for people with hearing or sight challenges. The City is also currently testing out Wi-Fi on selected People Mover Buses ahead of the new GO!Durban system going operational next year in order to see patterns of usage and uptake. Results of this test will determine the roll-out and availability of Wi-Fi in the new system.

It is planned that seven stations will begin functioning once the GO!Durban system begins in mid-2018.