PRASA station modernisation programme, South Africa – update

9th July 2021

By: Sheila Barradas

Creamer Media Research Coordinator & Senior Deputy Editor


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Name of the Project
Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) station modernisation programme.

South Africa.

Project Owner/s

Project Description
The project involves the modernisation of 135 stations on the PRASA rail network. The agency has concentrated on stations that have a high volume of commuters and the potential to increase business revenue.

The project will also include the construction of new stations and the development of an integrated access management system (speed gates, electronic information displays, public announcement systems and closed-circuit television), intermodal facilities and walkways, as well as commercial opportunities.

Potential Job Creation
Not stated.

Capital Expenditure
Not stated.

Planned Start/End Date
Not stated.

Latest Developments
Gauteng corridor recovery programme:

  • The Mabopane modernisation, planned for completion on November 4, 2021, is running a diesel locomotive service. The project is 46% complete.
  • Eleven substation projects have been awarded and are under construction.
  • About 160 km of overhead traction equipment (OHTE lines) are at the tender award stage and are expected to be completed by the end of July. It is expected to start with about 18 trains.
  • Phase 1 walling for critical infrastructure, such as substations, which has gone through the design phase and various approvals is due for advertisement shortly.
  • Phase 2 walling, including eight footbridges for the entire line is following similar phases with designs being finalised and adverts expected in July.
  • The Saulsville modernisation is planned for completion in January 2022. The current single traction line has been operational since February 2021 and is expected to start with five trains.
  • Pienaarspoort, Leralla, Kaalfontein, Daveyton and Naledi stations are currently under diesel locomotive service except for Daveyton and Pretoria.

Meanwhile, 27 substations and 405 km OHTE lines have been advertised, with expected evaluation and award of tenders expected at the beginning of August and service resumption in about March 2022.

Western Cape corridor recovery programme:

  • The Central line – Cape Town to Khayelitsha and Bellville – has been delayed by illegal land occupation. A legal process is under way to relocate the occupants.
  • Meanwhile six project packages are out to tender. A walling contractor is expected to be appointed by the end of July 2021.

KwaZulu-Natal corridor recovery programme:

  • Development of the Umlazi to Durban and Durban to KwaMashu corridors is under way.

Key Contracts, Suppliers and Consultants
None stated.

Contact Details for Project Information
PRASA, tel +27 12 748 7000 or email

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