Ekurhuleni train stations get facelift ahead of 2010

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Ekurhuleni - A number of train stations in Ekurhuleni are being revamped ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup to provide spectators a first class service.

According to the city the stations are also being improved in terms of lighting, ablution facilities, platform resurfacing and sustained energy power supply, among other things.

"Commuters will enjoy a first class service as the trains will be allocated a client services supervisor and personnel as well as 12 protection and security personnel per train. The security personnel will also be equipped with first aid kits and communication tools," said municipal spokesperson, Zweli Dlamini.

He said the revamping of the train stations were part of the 2010 legacy project as local residents would continue to use the stations long after the soccer world cup had passed.

"This also augurs well for the tourism industry as the region will be able to offer a variety of transport modes that can be used to move from one point to another."

According to Dlamini, the Germiston, Oakmoor, Tembisa, Isando, Kempton Park and Rhodesfield stations will have dedicated soccer trains in their routes to carry fans to the stadiums in Johannesburg and Pretoria during the soccer spectacle.

The Rhodesfield Station will boost the national flagship transport project, the Gautrain, which includes 1 200 parking bays.

The refurbishing of trains and renovation of stations are in line with Transport Month, celebrated annually in October.

According to the city it celebrates the month by getting residents on board to benefit from the integrated transport services ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.