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Construction on M25 near Bridge City Precinct

As part of the eThekwini Municipality’s development of the GO!Durban integrated rapid public transport network, construction of a bridge, which will extend Bhejane Road to Aberdare Drive, under the M25 (Curnick Ndlovu Highway) connecting the Bridge City Precinct to Phoenix Industrial Area, has begun.

This means that traffic on the M25 will be diverted down to single lanes in between the Ntuzuma Access Road interchange and the Bhejane off ramp, and motorists and commuters are advised to expect delays and to plan their trips accordingly.

“We ask that commuters and drivers look for alternate routes – especially at peak times, or to start their journeys earlier, making allowances for the expected delays, ” requests Deputy Head of Road System Management, Carlos Esteves. “This will help ease the traffic congestion that is expected along these routes. This short term inconvenience will be outweighed by the long term benefits that the new transport network will provide for commuters and we appeal for your patience.”

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On the road to construction

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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Believe Tree collects the dreams of a greener Durban

GO!Durban, the City’s new integrated rapid public transport network has created a fantastical “Believe Tree” for the Sustainable Living Expo at the Durban Exhibition Centre which starts today 22/08/2014.

The Sustainable Living Expo aligns with one of the most important aspects of the Integrated Rapid Public Transport (IRPTN) roll out – future sustainability of the city through efficient, safe and affordable public transport. The “tree” has been created as a symbol of hope and dreams for the future of an environmentally friendly and sustainable Durban. Visitors to the Expo are encouraged to write their hopes and dreams on a leaf and place it on the “tree”. For every leaf “planted” on the tree, GO!Durban will plant a corresponding real living indigenous tree in areas most in need of greening along the different  IRPTN corridors.