The Gautrain is a state-of-the-art rapid rail network in Gauteng. The rail connection comprises of two links, namely a link between Pretoria and Johannesburg and a link between OR Tambo International Airport and Sandton. Apart from the three anchor stations on these two links, seven other stations will be linked by approximately 80 kilometres of rail along the route.
The three anchor stations will be located at:
- OR Tambo International Airport;
- Pretoria; and
The seven other stations will be located at:
- Hatfield; and
- Rhodesfield (Kempton Park).
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This modern train will offer international standards of public transport with high levels of safety, reliability, predictability and comfort. Travelling at maximum speeds of 160 to 180 kilometres per hour it will reach Pretoria from Johannesburg in less than 40 minutes. The minimum frequency between Johannesburg and Pretoria will initially be six trains per hour per direction and it will operate approximately 18 hours per day. This public transport service will include dedicated, exclusive bus services to transport passengers to and from stations.
Besides the commuter service, air passengers will have a dedicated service between OR Tambo International Airport and Sandton. This purpose-designed service brings Gauteng in line with global practice which links cities by rail to international airports. The trip between the airport and Sandton station will take less than 15 minutes.
Safety and security of Gautrain passengers and other affected parties are of utmost importance. The safety and security features are extended to other facilities of the services such as the station precinct and vehicle parking areas.
The Gautrain Rapid Rail Link project offers a cost effective, efficient, environmentally friendly and safe solution to some of the worst transport problems in the most densely developed area in Gauteng and indeed South Africa. It also supports many other government objectives.
The Project is now managed as part of the Gauteng Department of Transport. Gautrain was initiated as one of eleven Blue IQ projects of the Gauteng Provincial Government (GPG).
Blue IQ is a multi-billion Rand initiative of the GPG to develop economic infrastructure for specific major projects in smart industries, high value-added manufacturing and tourism. It works in partnership with business and government departments as a catalyst to promote strategic private sector investment in key growth sectors of the Gauteng economy.
The Gautrain project is, therefore, primarily aimed at enhancing and supporting economic growth in the Gauteng Province and generating employment. This project is part of a longer-term vision, which will include a commitment towards creating and sustaining a new culture of public transport usage.