Modernisation of Gauteng public transport ‘a priority’

23 January 2015

The modernisation of public transport infrastructure is one of the top priorities for Gauteng and forms part of the provincial department’s ten-pillar programme to “radically” transform, modernise and reindustrialise Gauteng.

Gauteng MEC for Economic Development, Environment, Agriculture and Rural Development, Lebogang Maile, on Thursday said there was an urgent need for planned urbanisation and urban development, better public transport and the arrest of urban decay. He was “worried about the future” of transport in the province as development was not keeping up with the rate of urbanisation in Gauteng.

“In the next 5 to 15 years, we want to double the Gauteng economy to more than R2-trillion [through] infrastructure investment and development.

“We need decisive structural transformation through public transport and new sustainable, integrated human settlements and cities. We have a 25-year transport plan and we are now at a stage where [we are] integrating all the plans, which will result in a Gauteng transport master plan,” Maile explained.

By: Megan Van Wyngaardt

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