BACKGROUND TO HATFIELD STATION (GPS: S:25°44.859' E: 028°14.280')

Located within the Hatfield Business Node, the Gautrain Hatfield Station is the last station on the primary north-south axis of the Gautrain system between the Johannesburg Park Station and Hatfield Station. Two further stations have been provided in the City of Pretoria Metropolitan Municipality, namely the Centurion Station at the Centurion Lake and Pretoria Station.


GAUTRAIN’S HATFIELD STATION

1. LOCALITY

The Gautrain Hatfield Station is located within the Hatfield Business Node east of the Pretoria Central Business District adjacent to the existing railway line between the Rissik and Hartebeesspruit Stations.

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The Hatfield Station precinct is bounded by School Lane in the north, Duncan Street in the east, the existing railway line in the south and Grosvenor Street in the west. The station area will be occupied by a multi-storey parking garage for park-and-ride passengers, drop-off and short-term parking to serve the so-called kiss-and-ride passengers, facilities for bicycles and loading bays for the feeder-and-distribution vehicles that will serve the Hatfield Station to ensure that Gautrain passengers have access to public transport from their origins and to their destinations within the catchment area of the Hatfield Station.

– Click here for the Hatfield Station Locality Plan.

Although the railway line and platforms will be below natural ground level to allow the future extension of the Gautrain network towards the east underneath Duncan Street, the platforms will be conveniently accessible by stairs and escalators from ground level and by lifts to accommodate physically impaired passengers. The station building can be extended across the existing railway line to promote the integration of the Gautrain with the surrounding business area and to specifically promote a pedestrian-friendly environment.

Hatfield Station is the last station on the primary north-south axis of the Gautrain system between the Johannesburg Park Station and Hatfield Station. Two further stations have been provided in the City of Pretoria Metropolitan Municipality, namely the Centurion Station at the Centurion Lake and Pretoria Station adjacent to the historic Pretoria Main Station.

2. RAIL SERVICES AVAILABLE FROM HATFIELD STATION

Passengers can board the Gautrain at Hatfield to all stations on the north-south service, i.e. Pretoria, Centurion, Midrand, Marlboro, Sandton, Rosebank and Johannesburg Park Station. Passengers to the Ekurhuleni area should transfer at Marlboro Station to the east-west commuter service to the Rhodesfield Station in Kempton Park while passengers to the OR Tambo International Airport must transfer at Sandton to the non-stop airport service to the OR Tambo International Airport Station which is located in the terminal building on the airport.

Estimated patronage figures indicate a high level of travel between the Hatfield Station and Pretoria Station in the Central Business District. The Gautrain is therefore expected to play an important role in the public transport system of the City of Pretoria.

3. VISION OF THE HATFIELD STATION

The Hatfield Station precinct will be fully integrated with the surrounding business and residential developments. An important component of the conceptual planning of the station area is safe, efficient and pleasant pedestrian linkages to a pedestrian axis that runs along the existing railway line from Duncan Street and the Hartebeestspruit Station in the east to Rissik Station and the Hatfield Galleries Centre in the west. The extension of Grosvenor Street across the railway line, that will be implemented as part of the Gautrain project, will contribute significantly to more convenient and efficient traffic and pedestrian circulation in the Hatfield area.

– Click here for an artist impression of Hatfield station.

4. ACCESS TO THE HATFIELD STATION

It is anticipated that Gautrain passengers will make use of walking, cycling, private vehicles as well as the feeder-and-distribution services that form part of the Gautrain system. Also incorporated are the existing commuter rail service provided by Metrorail and the existing public transport services on the road network surrounding the station precinct.

Ample parking will be available on the station site for park-and-ride passengers and provision has been made for a long-term demand of 3000 parking bays. The capacity of critical street sections and intersections along roads that will serve the Hatfield Station will be upgraded to accommodate the traffic demand on the street network. Provision is also made for drop-off areas and short-term parking for passengers that are dropped-off and picked-up at the station by private transport.

Gautrain Hatfield Station’s feeder-and-distribution services will provide a convenient service to the station from surrounding residential areas and for example the Brooklyn shopping node. The feeder-and-distribution service will be integrated with the Gautrain rail service to provide a seamless public transport service to the catchment area of the Hatfield Station.

A critical element of the Gautrain Station at Hatfield is the connection to the existing Hartebeestspruit railway station where passengers will be able to transfer from the Metrorail commuter rail service to the Gautrain. The existing Metrorail rail service provides a feeder service to a wide area throughout the City of Pretoria Metropolitan area and makes the Gautrain service accessible to a large component of the community that relies on public transport. Passengers that will in future make use of the planned Pretoria Ring Rail service will also be able to transfer to the Gautrain from the Hartebeestspruit Station at the Hatfield Station.

5. ATTRACTIONS IN THE HATFIELD STATION AREA

Hatfield was selected as a Gautrain Station position for a number of reasons, including its accessibility from the N1 and N4 freeways, major arterial roads and the vibrantly growing Hatfield node. Several established developments, planned initiatives, as well as other activities and services contribute to the need for the Hatfield Station, including the following important places:

  • The Blue IQ Innovation Hub Strategic Development Initiative between the CSIR and University of Pretoria that is currently under construction on a portion of the experimental farm of the University of Pretoria
  • The campus and sports grounds of the University of Pretoria. The Gautrain will provide an alternative means of travel for students, academic staff, other employees and visitors, and can contribute to address the critical parking shortage in the area surrounding the University
  • Securicor Loftus Stadium where important rugby and soccer games are played and that has been included in the list of stadiums earmarked for the 2010 FIFA World Cup tournament
  • Diplomatic missions and Embassies
  • The Hatfield retail and office node
  • Brooklyn Mall office and shopping area
  • A range of academic institutions that include Afrikaanse Hoër Seunskool, Afrikaans Meisies Hoër, Boys’ High School and Pretoria High School for Girls as well as private schools and colleges in the Hatfield node.

– Click here to view these attractions and destinations.

6. IMPACTS OF THE GAUTRAIN IN THE HATFIELD STATION AREA AND MITIGATING MEASURES

The potential environmental impacts of the Gautrain in this area are predominantly socio economic, rather than biophysical. This is because the Gautrain route between the Pretoria and Hatfield Stations lies predominantly within the existing SARCC rail corridor between Pretoria Station and the station in Hatfield. It is a feasible solution to utilise his alignment that has been in existence for a very long time.

The impact of the Gautrain route alignment in the relevant area and the Hatfield Station on the biophysical environment will largely be a loss of vegetation – specifically Jacaranda trees. This will be addressed by a landscaping plan inclusive of the planting of indigenous trees in the affected area.

A summary of the environmental impacts on Pretoria and Hatfield in specific can be viewed here.

Noise and vibration impacts have been raised as a concern during the Environmental Impact Assessment and mitigating measures such as noise barriers will be constructed to ensure that noise levels do not exceed acceptable standards.

Heritage Impact Assessment

In terms of the National Heritage Resources Act of 1999, the Heritage Impact Assesment (HIA) focused on the heritage resources, which could be affected by the recommended route alignment for Gautrain. The cultural significance of heritage resources had to be determined according to its conservation value. The HIA thus focussed on heritage resources with aesthetic, architectural, historical, scientific, social, spiritual, linguistic or technological value or significance. The assessment included aspects such as buildings, structures and associated equipment, townscapes, landscapes, natural features, archaeological and palaeontological sites, graves and burial grounds.

In Hatfield, a heritage impact exists along the University Road spine in terms of palm trees with a high historical value along the western side of University Road, educational institutions in the area and residential an business properties in Hatfield. More can be read about the heritage impact of the Gautrain on Hatfield in section 6.8 of the HIA Final Report.

Traffic Impact Assessment

The estimated traffic volumes travelling to and from the Gautrain Hatfield Station are described in the Traffic Impact Assesment (TIA). The assessment was done based on the impact such expected traffic will have on the peak hour traffic volumes in the immediate area of the station. Aspects considered included accessibility to stations, peak hour traffic, and the number of traffic from different modalities and the potential upgrade of the road network. The study was done in consultation with the City of Pretoria Metropolitan Municipality and took the long-term planning of the Municipality into consideration.

More information on the traffic impact of the Hatfield Station can be viewed in the Network Study and Full Traffic Impact Assessment – Hatfield Station.

7. CONTRIBUTION OF THE GAUTRAIN TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE INFLUENCE AREA OF THE GAUTRAIN HATFIELD STATION

The Gautrain is a strategic development initiative that is aimed at economic development and job creation, over and above its benefits from a public transport perspective and the reduction in traffic pressure on major roads especially between Pretoria and Johannesburg.

A development framework for the Hatfield Station impact area has been developed in conjunction with the City of Pretoria Metropolitan Municipality and is aimed at two primary objectives, namely:

  • Increased mixed-use developments around the station. These developments will benefit from the fast and reliable public transport service, but will also contribute to increase the patronage of the Gautrain, particularly passengers that walk to the station
  • Residential densification. There is an international tendency of densification around public transport nodes, particularly metro and inter-city railway services such as the Gautrain. Increased densities of residents are a prerequisite of a viable and efficient public transport service and a policy of residential densification will support the feasibility of the Gautrain.

8. POSSIBLE FUTURE EXTENSION

The planning of the Gautrain provides for the possible future extension of the service towards the east where it will serve large residential populations and developments such as the Menlyn Park Shopping Centre.

For further information on the EIA carried out for the Gautrain, see below.
Gautrain EIA summary
Draft EIA report
Addendum to draft EIA report
Gautrain EIA website

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