Ndebele to assess road improvement scheme

Monday, October 5, 2009

Pretoria - Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele, together with other key transport stakeholders, will tomorrow assess progress at Gauteng's Freeway Improvement Scheme (GFIS) around Johannesburg.

The project was developed in an effort to reduce traffic congestion and associated delays, as well as to improve living conditions, and ensure sustainable economic growth in the province.

The initiative, which crosses the Johannesburg, Ekurhuleni and Tshwane metropolitan boundaries will widen freeways to at least four lanes in both directions and in some sections up to six lanes.

The programme has seen the national road infrastructure grow to over 16000km in just over a decade, injecting approximately R29 billion into the economy and R13 billion into provisional gross geographic product, creating approximately 30 000 direct jobs over its lifecycle, according to the Department of Transport.

Ndelebe will introduce the Air Traffic Flow Management Tool (ATFM) as part of the October Transport Month campaign.

This highly integrated system will assist with collaborative information flow between the Air Traffic Control, Airport Operations and the Aircraft Operators regarding strategic and tactical real time and future use of any airspace and airport situation.

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