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Gautrain’s Midrand station is an at grade (on the ground) station between Marlboro and Centurion station and serviced by the north-south train service. The station is situated adjacent to the Old Pretoria-Johannesburg Road (K101) and South of Grand Central Airport.
The north-south service will have eight Gautrain stations from Hatfield to Park station over a 62 km distance. The north-south service interfaces with Metrorail at Hatfield, Pretoria and Johannesburg Park Stations. Passengers who want to travel to Rhodesfield or OR Tambo International Airport will have to transfer at Sandton station to the east-west service also known as the Airport service.
The Gautrain is seen as an impetus to further accelerate the present growth and development of the Midrand area including technology advancement. The famous Gallagher Estates and Grand Central Airport will be served as well as newly planned property developments such as the Old Mutual’s Zonki’zizwe development.
Easy access for passengers
The integrated station design at Midrand Station provides for several types of services such as a park and ride facility, kiss and ride (drop off) and road based transfer terminals. Lifts and escalators assist with effective passenger movement and convenient access to station concourses and platforms.
Pedestrian friendly walkways will link the station with the surrounding office and retail areas.
Transport to and from the station
An integrated public transport system is planned that includes:
- Dedicated Gautrain bus services (up to a ten kilometres radius) for passengers.
- The City of Johannesburg’s new Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) system, when implemented.
- Johannesburg Metropolitan Bus Service.
- Minibus-taxi services that are operating in the vicinity.
Bus shelters will be provided in high density populated areas on Gautrain bus routes that are sustainable. The planned bus shelters will comply with certain minimum standards and will be rolled out in collaboration with the city’s bus routes.
The major areas that will be served include:
- Midrand CBD
- Gallagher Estates
- Vorna Valley
- Halfway Gardens
- Kayalami Estates
- Kayalami Business Park
Affordable and safe parking (park and ride) will be available for train users that prefer to leave their cars at the station. Provision is made for:
- Parking capacity for approximately 1 200 private vehicles.
- Demarcated short-term parking as well as a drop off zone.
- Bicycle storage area as well as parking for motorcycles.
- Loading and off-loading bays for buses and taxis in close proximity to station entrances.
The Gautrain ticketing system is based on smart card technology where the ticket is a re-loadable contactless smart card (CSC) similar to a bank card. The smart card ticket will be read electronically when swiped over ticket validator’s to allow access. A smart card will enable a user to use a range of Gautrain services i.e. parking, train and/or bus.
Commuters will be able to load or top up their CSC’s with a ticket product at self-help ticket vending machines or manned ticket offices. Ticket products can be paid by cash, debit or credit cards. Some of the planned ticket products are:
- Single and return.
- Period passes (i.e. weekly pass) aimed at regular users.
- Stored Travel Rights (STR) is a flexible product based on a pay as you go principle and is aimed at an occasional user.
Future initiatives envisaged a single ticket media that will be interoperable with other public transport providers. This will enable the seamless movement of passengers between the different public transport systems.
Train frequencies are based on expected passenger demand balanced with convenience and the reduction of terminal waiting times.
- The north-south train service from both Johannesburg Park and Hatfield stations will commence daily at 05:30 and the last train will depart at 20:30.
- Planned service intervals at commencement of commercial operations are:
- A train every 12 minutes or five trains per hour per direction during peak periods.
- A train every 20 minutes or three trains per hour per direction during off-peak periods.
- A train every 30 minutes or two trains per hour per direction during week-ends and public holidays.
Passengers will receive real-time information such as expected arrival and departure times. Electronic information display systems are provided inside trains and at stations.
Given the prerequisite of a safe and secure environment Gautrain employed several active and passive preventative security strategies. These were planned at the design stage of the project. Some important security measures are:
- Tight security on trains and stations via access control measures and electronic surveillance (over 650 CCTV cameras).
- Security officers on guard will maintain a visible presence at stations, and on trains.
- Gautrain’s entire rail network is securely fenced with a 2,4 metre high security fence that will be patrolled and monitored to prevent vandalism and unwanted entries.
- Only valid ticket holders will have access to station paid areas and platforms.
Passengers with special needs
Level boarding is a standard feature of modern rail commuter systems. Matching the height and minimising the gap between Gautrain’s coach floor and the platform is designed to allow easy access for children, shoppers with heavy bags and the elderly. Train sets have space dedicated to wheelchairs.
The Gautrain system also makes provision for sight and hearing impaired passengers.
Gautrain dedicated buses have low entrance floors, wide doorways and folding ramps that will assist passengers with walking difficulties or those using wheelchairs. Wheelchair access will be available on certain buses per route in accordance with best practice designs.
Places of interest and urban renewal
- The proposed Zonk`Izizwe shopping, entertainment, office and residential development that is envisaged to be one of the largest development nodes in South Africa.
- Grand Central Airport
- UNISA Business School
- Midrand University
- Gallagher Estate that currently houses the Pan African Parliament