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Bay Urged To Act On Billion-Rand Rail Line Or Risk Losing Everything


A billion-rand train line project to connect Motherwell municipality with Swartkops is at risk of failing if the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality continuous drag its feet.

The project, which entails a 7.8 kilometres line with new stations, has actually been on the cards since 2008.

Metro transport portfolio committee chairwoman Babalwa Lobishe said the municipality had failed to take the matter seriously for years and had thus put the project in jeopardy.

The project had also been delayed by the taxi industry, which had refused to allow the project to continue.

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It said previously that the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) would not be allowed to operate a new train route until an agreement was reached with the taxi industry.

At a transport committee meeting yesterday, Lobishe said Prasa had held several meetings with various municipal departments over the years, but it had not been expedited to the council for approval.

The council’s approval is needed to implement the project and start engagements with stakeholders and the public.

Source: Herald Live

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