Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport, Ismail Vadi, welcomed the labour agreement reached between the Bombela Concession Company and union representatives that averted strike action by Gautrain bus and train drivers.
“The responsible manner in which the salary negotiations were concluded is commendable and augurs well for stable relations in a critical sector that provides public transport to thousands of Gautrain passengers,” said Vadi.
“Any disruption of Gautrain services is not in the public interest. The parties must be commended for the maturity demonstrated during the salary negotiations,” he added.
Vadi thanked the union representatives and Bombela for reaching a mutually acceptable agreement, which left Gautrain services uninterrupted.
Meanwhile, Vadi also announced Gautrain’s airport service (Sandton to OR Tambo international Airport) has been improved as from the 11 August 2014 with earlier trains in the mornings and later trains in the evenings.
This means that the first trains now leave Sandton to OR Tambo as early as 04:50 and 05:10. From Gautrain’s OR Tambo International Airport Station the last trains are scheduled to leave at 20:46 and 21:04.
Gautrain CEO, Jack van der Merwe, pointed out that these early and late train services do not stop at stations between the airport and Sandton Station.
“This means that if passengers want to make use of the early or late service, they have to use Sandton Station as their departure point and not any other station on the Gautrain route,” explained van der Merwe.
The Sandton and OR Tambo Stations will open and close 15 minutes before the first and last trains each day.
He said that the Gautrain airport service continues to exhibit “positive growth” since it started operations on 8 June 2010. Currently, this service carries an average of 5 500 passengers per day. In May this year, it was awarded the Global AirRail Alliance Award for Service Excellence in Oslo (Norway).
Earlier this year, Vadi indicated that a number of short-term interventions were being planned to improve Gautrain services, which included additional parking facilities at the Pretoria and Centurion stations
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