http://www.engineeringnews.co.za
  SEARCH
Login
R/€ = 13.13Change: -0.02
R/$ = 12.07Change: -0.13
Au 1187.17 $/ozChange: -20.08
Pt 1125.50 $/ozChange: -23.50
 
 
Note: Search is limited to the most recent 250 articles. Set date range to access earlier articles.
Where? With... When?








Start
 
End
 
 
And must exclude these words...
Close Main Search
Close Main Login
My Profile News Alerts Newsletters Logout Close Main Profile
 
Agriculture   Automotive   Chemicals   Competition Policy   Construction   Defence   Economy   Electricity   Energy   Environment   ICT   Metals   Mining   Science and Technology   Services   Trade   Transport & Logistics   Water  
What's On Press Office Tenders Suppliers Directory Research Jobs Announcements Letters Contact Us
 
 
 
RSS Feed
Article   Comments   Other News   Research   Magazine  
 
 
Jul 13, 2012

High-speed rail not an urgent SA priority, but could be deployed over time

Back
Cape Town|DURBAN|Africa|Building|PROJECT|Projects|rail|Rolling Stock|rolling-stock|System|Africa|South Africa|Commuter Network|Gauge Network|Speed Rail Network|Infrastructure|Lucky Montana|Cape Gauge Technology
|Africa|Building|PROJECT|Projects|rail|Rolling Stock|rolling-stock|System|Africa|||Infrastructure||
cape-town|durban|africa-company|building|project|projects|rail|rolling-stock|rolling stock|system|africa|south-africa|commuter-network|gauge-network|speed-rail-network|infrastructure|lucky-montana|cape-gauge-technology
© Reuse this



Developing a high-speed rail system will not be a priority for South Africa over the next three to five years, says Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) group CEO Lucky Montana.

However, over the next 10 to 20 years, the country will have to develop a second high-speed rail network, adding to the existing, slower intercity Metrorail commuter network.

The Metrorail network is currently the subject of a multibillion-rand rolling stock and infrastructure upgrade programme.

Montana notes that Prasa will stick to the narrow Cape gauge network in the renewal of its existing passenger rail fleet at a cost of some R123-billion.

“There is no point in running the com-muter network at 160 km/h. The stations are too close together.”

Any new network being developed, how- ever, will be standard gauge, and will be able to accommodate high-speed trains travelling at around 220 km/h, says Montana.

“We can have the two networks existing next to each other,” he insists.

Montana also confirms Prasa’s commitment to some long-standing high-speed rail projects, such as the development of the Moloto rail corridor.

Several reviews of this project have indicated that standard-gauge technology will save costs, compared with Cape gauge technology.

Montana notes that this 120 km standard-gauge project will enable 45 000 passenger trips during peak periods.

“There has been a lot of debate about whether this is a priority. From where government stands, this is a key requirement of our time.”

Montana says the development is about more than just building a rail link – stimulating economic development in the area is also a key motivation.

He adds that Prasa has not given up on building airport links in Durban and Cape Town either.

“These are part of our projects. We are looking at them in our planning.”

Edited by: Martin Zhuwakinyu
Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor
© Reuse this Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other News This Week News
While strongly welcoming the promulgation of the new Part 101 of South Africa’s civil aviation regulations, governing the commercial operation of civil remotely piloted aircraft (RPAs) in South Africa, the Commercial Unmanned Aircraft Association of Southern Africa...
LSM Distributors has contracted engineering consultancy WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff Africa to undertake the R100-million restoration of the 54-year-old Kyalami racetrack, situated in Midrand. The restoration will assist in re-establishing it as a venue for...
South African Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has expressed the hope that the defence budget will be significantly increased over the next five years. She did so while addressing the media in her recent budget vote media briefing. The 2015/2016 defence...
More
 
 
Latest News
Updated 2 hours 29 minutes ago Kusile’s recently appointed contractor said on Wednesday that it was confident it would meet the tough deadlines set by Eskom and that labour issues will be averted going forward. The Mpumalanga-based power station has experienced massive delays and its completion...
Updated 2 hours 39 minutes ago None of the municipalities in the Free State, North West and Limpopo attained clean audit opinions for 2013/14, and a majority also achieved qualified, adverse or disclaimed audit opinions, according to a report released by the Auditor General Kimi Makwetu on...
Updated 2 hours 42 minutes ago With State-owned power producer Eskom “failing” South Africa, smaller private energy producers were stepping up to the plate and collectively delivering more power at a faster pace than Eskom or any other single entity could, EE Publishers MD Chris Yelland said on...
More
 
 
Recent Research Reports
Steel 2015: A review of South Africa's steel sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Steel 2015 report provides an overview of the key developments in the global steel industry and particularly of South Africa’s steel sector over the past year, including details of production and consumption, as well as the country's primary carbon...
Projects in Progress 2015 - First Edition (PDF Report)
In fact, this edition of Creamer Media’s Projects in Progress 2015 supplement tracks developments taking place under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme, which has had four bidding rounds. It appears to remain a shining light on the...
Electricity 2015: A review of South Africa's electricity sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Electricity 2015 report provides an overview of State-owned power utility Eskom and independent power producers, as well as electricity planning, transmission, distribution and the theft thereof, besides other issues.
Construction 2015: A review of South Africa’s construction sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Construction 2015 Report examines South Africa’s construction industry over the past 12 months. The report provides insight into the business environment; the key participants in the sector; local construction demand; geographic diversification;...
Liquid Fuels 2014 - A review of South Africa's Liquid Fuels sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Liquid Fuels 2014 Report examines these issues, focusing on the business environment, oil and gas exploration, the country’s feedstock supplies, the development of South Africa’s biofuels industry, fuel pricing, competition in the sector, the...
Water 2014: A review of South Africa's water sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Water 2014 report considers the aforementioned issues, not only in the South African context, but also in the African and global context, and examines the issues of water and sanitation, water quality and the demand for water, among others.
 
 
 
 
 
This Week's Magazine
While strongly welcoming the promulgation of the new Part 101 of South Africa’s civil aviation regulations, governing the commercial operation of civil remotely piloted aircraft (RPAs) in South Africa, the Commercial Unmanned Aircraft Association of Southern Africa...
LSM Distributors has contracted engineering consultancy WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff Africa to undertake the R100-million restoration of the 54-year-old Kyalami racetrack, situated in Midrand. The restoration will assist in re-establishing it as a venue for...
South African Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has expressed the hope that the defence budget will be significantly increased over the next five years. She did so while addressing the media in her recent budget vote media briefing. The 2015/2016 defence...
The African Development Bank (AfDB) has been an implementing agency for the Global Environment Facility (GEF) since 2008. The relatively young portfolio has 28 projects over 30 countries on the continent according to the 2014 AfDB and GEF annual report released...
PAUL SPEAR Training and development should be an integral and proportionate part of the long-term strategy of all companies, regardless of their size
Investment in South African youth through apprenticeships and learnerships will not only create direct benefits for businesses but will also contribute significantly to job creation and socioeconomic transformation in the country.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Alert Close
Embed Code Close
content
Research Reports Close
Research Reports are a product of the
Research Channel Africa. Reports can be bought individually or you can gain full access to all reports as part of a Research Channel Africa subscription.
Find Out More Buy Report
 
 
Close
Engineering News
Completely Re-Engineered
Experience it now. Click here
*website to launch in a few weeks
Subscribe Now for $96 Close
Subscribe Now for $96