GAUTRAIN’S JOHANNESBURG PARK STATION (GPS: S:26°11.732′, E: 028°02.493′ )

Park Station

Park station is the most southern Gautrain station situated adjacent to Metrorail’s Johannesburg Park Station in Braamfontein. This underground station is located diagonally beneath Smit and Wolmarans streets.

Transport to and from the station

  • A fully integrated public transport system will be implemented which includes dedicated Gautrain bus feeders for passengers (up to a ten kilometres radius) and the City of Johannesburg’s new Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) system.
  • Bus shelters are planned in conjunction with the City of Johannesburg and will be spaced approximately every 500m in high density areas.
  • The main areas that will be serviced include:
    • Johannesburg CBD
    • Auckland Park/University of Johannesburg/SABC
    • Killarney/Parktown (also covering Braamfontein)
  • Services operating along the above-mentioned routes will also serve as distributors to areas such as Auckland Park, Braamfontein and Parktown.

Note: Gautrain and the City of Johannesburg is currently busy optimising their bus services to prevent public transport duplication, mindful of the required service level and quality.

Download: Johannesburg Park Station Bus Feeder and Distribution Routes

Johannesburg Park Station serves as a major transport interchange hub and plays a pivotal role in the integration of transport modes in connecting inner-city and inter-city services. Transfers between Gautrain and other modes of transport include:

  • The new Bus Rapid Transit transport services
  • Metrorail train services from the East Rand, Soweto and Roodepoort
  • Municipal and Putco bus services
  • Inter-city coach services to national destinations and neighbouring countries
  • Long distance minibus taxis
  • Local minibus taxis

Parking

  • Affordable and safe parking for train users that want to leave their cars at the station (park and ride).
  • Parking capacity for 1 200 cars.
  • Demarcated short-term parking as well as drop off zone at the station (kiss-and-ride).
  • Provision is made for bicycle storage as well as parking for motorcycles.

Ticketing

  • Smart card electronic ticketing requires only one ticket for the Gautrain system. This includes the train, Gautrain buses and parking at Gautrain stations. Contactless technology means that smart cards will be scanned electronically when they are swiped past access gate readers.
  • Commuters will be able to load a smart card with a ticket product at self-help ticket vending machines in order to pay for Gautrain services. Ticket products can be paid for by cash, debit or credit cards. The available ticket products are:
    • Single and return
    • Period passes (weekly and monthly)
    • Stored Travel Rights (STR) that is working on a pay as you go system
  • In future, a single ticket media will accommodate ticket products from the main public transport providers within Gauteng including Gautrain. This will permits a seamless movement of passengers between the different transport systems.

Timetables

  • Passengers will receive real-time information on trains expected arrival and departure times.
  • Electronic information display systems are provided inside trains and at stations.
  • The planned service intervals at commencement of the Gautrain will be:
    • Five trains per hour per direction during peak periods (a train every 12 minutes).
    • Three trains per hour per direction during off-peak periods (a train every 20 minutes).
    • Two trains per hour per direction during week-ends and public holidays (a train every 30 minutes).
  • The first train will depart daily at 05:30 and the last train will departs not earlier than 20:30.

Note: Service intervals will increase within approximately three years.

Security

  • Tight security on trains and stations through access control and electronic surveillance (over 650 CCTV cameras).
  • Security officers will be on guard and will maintain a visible presence at stations, and on trains.
  • Gautrain’s entire 80 kilometre rail network will be securely fenced with a 2,4 metre high security fence that will be patrolled and monitored to prevent vandalism and unwanted entries.
  • Access control: only valid ticket holders will have access to station paid areas and platforms.

Passengers with special needs

Level boarding is a long-time feature of global underground railways. 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 a section to accommodate wheelchairs.

The Gautrain system also makes provision for the sight and hearing impaired passengers.

Gautrain dedicated buses will have low entrance floors, wide doorways and folding ramps that will assist passengers with walking difficulties or those using wheelchairs. Wheelchair positions will be available at certain buses per route accordance with the best practice designs.

Emergency access shafts

The underground rail tunnel between Park Station and Sandton Station will feature evenly spaced emergency access shafts. These shafts main objective is to provide emergency services access to the tunnel below. However, in case of an emergency evacuation, safe havens for passengers are provided at the bottom of these shafts.

Places of interest and urban renewal

Top attractions in the vicinity include Constitution Hill, Johannesburg Art Gallery, several theatres and museums

  • Newtown
  • Ellis Park – a popular venue for rugby, soccer and concerts
  • FNB stadium in Soweto
  • Inner city rejuvenation projects which are in full swing.

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