The Gautrain Hatfield Station is a terminal station where the North – South train service will commence and terminates. The station is located within the Hatfield Business Node east of the Pretoria CBD adjacent to the existing PRASA railway network north of the University of Pretoria.
The North – South train service is servicing a total of 8 stations over a 62 km distance with the Hatfield and Park stations as terminal stations. The train service interfaces with PRASA rail services at the Hatfield, Pretoria and Park stations. A safe walkway is planned with PRASA’s Hartebeesspruit station to facilitate easy transfers to and from the Hatfield station.
Passengers traveling to OR Tambo International or Rhodesfield will have to transfer at the Marlboro or Sandton stations.
The Gautrain is seen as an impetus to office park and residential apartment developments in support of the services industry and the nearby University. It provides an additional option to students in terms of access to the nearby schools, colleges and University.
Easy access for passengers
The platform is below the station concourse which serves as a bridge over the sunken railway line. The station platforms are accessible by stairs and escalators. There are also lifts to accommodate physically impaired passengers.
A total transport system will be available and includes:
- Dedicated Gautrain’s bus service for passengers, especially to feed the station from the eastern, northern and southern areas.
- An existing commuter rail service provided by PRASA to the Hartebeesspruit station. Passengers will be able to transfer to and from the Gautrain via a safe dedicated linked walkway.
- Passengers will also be able to walk, cycle or drive to the station. A kiss and ride facility is provided for passengers that are being dropped-off or picked-up at the station by private vehicles.
- Parking capacity for approximately 2250 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 and is 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 Hatfield and Park d 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.
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
- The Blue IQ Innovation Hub Strategic Development Initiative
- The campus and sports grounds of the University of Pretoria
- Loftus Stadium
- 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.
Possible future extension
The Hatfield station and railway network is planned in manner that may expand further to the east to service development nodes.
Construction of Hatfield Station