Posted on Jun 9, 2009 in Media Releases

The Bombela Operating Company (BOC) has been appointed by the Bombela Concession Company for the Operation and the Maintenance of the Gautrain system.

BOC is a subsidiary of RATP Developpement – the operation and maintenance arm of the French company RATP which brings with it extensive knowledge and expertise gained in the operation of multi-modal public transport networks both in Paris and around the world. The other shareholders of BOC comprise Murray & Roberts, a trans-national construction company head-quartered in South Africa and SPG, a South African Black Economic Empowerment company. Both Murray & Roberts and SPG are also shareholders in the Bombela Concession Company.

BOC has been intimately involved in the development phase of the Gautrain project to in order to ensure a smooth transition into the operating phase. This involvement has included:

  • Reviewing the project design to ensure that operational and maintenance requirements will be met;
  • Developing plans, rules and procedures for the operation and maintenance of the Gautrain;
  • Recruiting and training staff; and
  • Designing and developing appropriate management systems.

RATP Développement itself has also seconded several key staff to BOC on a permanent basis and will also bring in specialised “support” teams to attend the Testing and Commissioning Phase and to manage the Trial Running.

BOC is committed to it’s mandate of ensuring that Gautrain offers international standards of railway transport with high levels of safety, reliability, predictability and comfort.

The train service will be complemented by a dedicated bus Feeder and Distribution system operated by BOC through a specialist sub-contractor. This will transport passengers, in air-conditioned comfort between the stations and surrounding suburbs and business nodes.

BOC’s Integrated Safety and Security Programme will cover all aspects of safety and security as well as emergency operation of the system and will include:

  • CCTV cameras that will provide recorded coverage of all stations and trains as well as key locations along the route;
  • 24 hour security guard presence in all stations and parking areas;
  • Continuous satellite tracking of all feeder and distributor buses; and
  • Secure fencing along the route to prevent unauthorised access and vandalism of critical system assets.
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