The Gautrain Centurion station is almost in the middle of one of the longest viaducts (elevated section) on the Gautrain system stretching from the John Vorster N1 interchange in the south, and to Jean Avenue N14 interchange in the north. The station is situated near the Centurion Lake at West Avenue and the Gerard Street intersection. Passengers will experience a panoramic view of Centurion entering or exiting the station.
The North – South train service is servicing a total of 8 stations over a 62 km distance with Hatfield and Park stations as terminal stations. The train service interfaces with PRASA rail services at the Hatfield, Pretoria and Park stations.
Passengers travelling to OR Tambo International or Rhodesfield will have to transfer at the Marlboro or Sandton stations.
The Gautrain is seen as an impetus to accelerate the present growth in residential and business property developments in Centurion in support of the services and light industry sectors.
Easy access for passengers
The integrated station design is providing for several types of services such as a park and ride facility (parking), 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
Centurion station will have one of the most extensive dedicated bus feeder services that are available on the Gautrain system.
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 Cities.
The major areas that will be served include:
- Wierda Park
- Highveld Techno Park
- Lyttelton Manor
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 1 880 private vehicles.
- Demarcated short-term parking as well as a drop off zone (kiss-and-ride).
- 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 media is a re-loadable contactless smart card (CSC) similar to a bank card. The smart card ticket will be read electronically when swiped over a ticket validator to allow access into the system. A smart card will enable a user to use a range of Gautrain services i.e. parking, train and/or bus in a seamless manner.
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 aimed at the 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 Park and Hatfield stations will commence daily at 05:30 with the last train that will departs 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.
Electronic information display systems are provided inside trains and at stations and passengers will receive real-time information such as expected arrival and departure times.
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
- An ultra-modern Tshwane International Convention Centre will become the new landmark in the suburb. Adjacent to the centre will be a new five-star hotel.
- A 30-storey luxury lifestyle complex, called Lake Towers, will be built at the Centurion Lakefront.
- Super Sport Park.
- Centurion City shopping centre offering shopping, entertainment and recreation.