Metro kicks out ‘incompetent Mabopane station contractor’

The project was expected to be completed by September 2016.

The Tshwane metro has appointed a new contractor to complete the new Mabopane train station hub.

Chairperson of the Tshwane transport committee Elmarie Linde said a new contractor was appointed as there was dissatisfaction over progress made by the previous one.

“We had to appoint a new contractor after the previous one could not perform. The DA in Tshwane will ensure that contractors are appointed who can start and complete a project and deliver quality work. Good luck to Bophelong (contractor). May you complete the project within the 24 months. My office will continue to do oversight during this period,” said Linde.

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Construction of the hub, which would also cater for a taxi/bus rank, began in 2014 with a budget of R47.7-million.

It was expected to be completed by September 2016.

The development had brought joy to drivers and commuters alike.

The taxi rank was used by more than 50 000 passengers weekly.

“The facility will accommodate 138 taxis during peak hours as well as 18 holding bays for buses. As part of the larger Mabopane station modal interchange, Rietgat public transport facilities comprise of the local taxi rank, long distance taxi rank, and bus rank,” the city said.

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“The project aims to change the current configuration of local and long distance taxi rank so as to accommodate the bigger taxis and improve traffic circulation for taxis and buses. It will also reduce pedestrian and vehicle conflict by changing from current parallel loading configuration to a linear configuration by alleviating the shortage of drop-off and pick up bays, exposing more traders to commuters passing by having loading bays along the entire western edge.

There will be trading stalls and management building, bus facilities and shelter for passengers.”


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