The future lifestyle trend in Gauteng will be to live, work and seek entertainment along Gautrain’s route. In anticipation of this new way of living, quiet suburbs and empty land are turning into high-density economic hubs. Inner city rejuvenation projects are mushrooming and in future many new attractions will be built along Gautrain’s route.

Here are some of the interesting attractions and destinations on the Gautrain route:

Park Station

  • Top attractions include Constitution Hill, Johannesburg Art Gallery, several theatres and museums
  • New Town
  • Ellis Park – a popular venue for rugby, soccer and concerts
  • FNB stadium in Soweto
  • Inner city rejuvenation projects are in full swing.
  • Inter-modal station connecting to long distance taxis and buses, Metrorail and long distance rail

Rosebank Station

  • The Rosebank commercial and office development including Rosebank Mall, The Zone and African Market
  • Melrose Arch
  • Killarney Mall
  • Wanderers cricket stadium and golf course
  • Hotels
  • Johannesburg Zoo and Zoo Lake
  • Museum of Military History
  • Current projects include a R600 million mixed-use development including the upgrading of The Zone, the Firs and The Galleria within walking distance of Gautrain’s Rosebank Station

Sandton Station

  • Several world-class hotels, entertainment and shopping centres such as the Balalaika, Michelangelo, Hilton and Garden Court Hotels, Sandton Towers, Nelson Mandela Square and Sandton City. Pedestrian access to these destinations will be improved as most are within walking distance from the Sandton Station
  • Sandton is the financial core of South Africa. The area proudly houses the Johannesburg Stock Exchange as well as several financial institutions such as Investec and the head offices for Nedbank and Rand Merchant Bank
  • The Sandton Convention Centre, a top venue for national and international conventions and events
  • The Sandton skyline is undergoing radical change as 40 story skyscrapers are under construction or being planned. A further 300,000m² of office space is also expected to be built by 2010

Marlboro Station

  • A multibillion-rand, mixed-use development called Frankenwald Estate is planned with a dedicated pedestrian link to the station
  • The nearby Alexandra township is being upgraded as part of government’s Alexandra Urban Renewal project

Midrand Station

  • Grand Central Airport
  • Gallagher Estate that currently houses the Pan African Parliament
  • Midrand business district
  • Educational facilities such as the UNISA Business School and Midrand University.
  • Zonk`Izizwe, a 220-ha multibillion rand seven story mixed-use, high-density property development is being planned by Old Mutual Properties. It will include a lake, parks, outdoor shopping, a hotel, museums, an aquarium, themed-adventure experiences, a nightlife village, multiplex cinemas as well as office and retail space

Centurion Station

  • An ultra-modern Tshwane International Convention Centre will become the new landmark in the suburb. Adjacent to the centre will be a five-star hotel
  • A 30-storey luxury lifestyle complex, called Lake Towers, will be built at the Centurion Lakefront
  • Supersport Park
  • Centurion City shopping centre offering shopping, entertainment and recreation

Pretoria Station

  • The proposed Salvokop Village and Freedom Park, where Salvokop will be developed as a high density residential and mixed use neighbourhood, and Freedom Park is to be developed as a major tourist attraction to celebrate the freedom struggles of the past
  • Numerous theatres such as the State Theatre, museums and art galleries
  • Museum precinct, which includes City Hall, Transvaal Museum and other museums in Visagie Street
  • Church Square
  • National Zoological Gardens and the National Cultural History Museum
  • Union Buildings
  • Voortrekker Monument
  • Nelson Mandela Development Corridor and the Department of Trade and Industry development
  • The Gautrain Pretoria Station development will form part of the R10-billion Re Kgabisa project. Re Kgabisa Tshwane will revitalise the inner city and reaffirms Cabinet’s decision that the headquarters of national government departments should remain in the inner city of Tshwane
  • Inter-modal station connecting to long distance taxis and buses, Blue Train, Metrorail and long distance rail

Hatfield Station

  • The Hatfield retail and office node
  • Brooklyn Mall office and shopping area
  • The Blue IQ Innovation Hub – a strategic Development Initiative between the Gauteng Provincial Government, 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
  • 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. The stadium is also used for concerts by international artists such as Celine Dion
  • Diplomatic missions and embassies
  • Schools and colleges including Afrikaans Hoër Seunskool, Afrikaans Meisies Hoër, Boys’ High School and Pretoria High School for Girls
  • Both Hatfield and Centurion have been transformed from quiet residential suburbs into bustling commercial hubs featuring new townhouse and high-rise developments. East of  Beckett Street, Hatfield’s residential area is changing into a business district

Rhodesfield Station

  • Situated in the Aero City development area adjacent to the Kempton Park central business district and strategically located close to OR Tambo International Airport
  • Residential properties are already being sold to commercial developers. These areas will undergo dramatic changes as high-rise residential and office developments get under way
  • The Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality has received several applications for commercial development including three hotels in the Rhodesfield area
  • The Municipality is in the process to revise the Spatial Development Framework for Rhodesfield as a basis for the complete redevelopment of the area
  • A new South Africa Rail Commuter Corporation station will be constructed and linked to the Gautrain station to extend the catchment area of Gautrain and to support development initiatives in Rhodesfield
  • R600m mixed use development is proposed on the remaining residential area next to the Rhodesfield station precinct
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