Upgraded R77m train station unveiled
The modernised, R77-million Doornfontein station in Johannesburg was officially opened on Thursday, said the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa.
"The unveiling of Doornfontein station is an important milestone in our massive capital programme leading to 2010," Prasa chief executive officer Tshepo Lucky Montana said in a statement.
The upgraded station boasts modern facilities such as shelter from inclement weather and increased seating facilities.
It has access for passengers with special needs, CCTV cameras, a lengthened and resurfaced platform, and an area for retail and commercial activities. The project forms part of Prasa's multi-million rand national station upgrade programme.
This will involve the refurbishing of the station network around the country for the 2010 Fifa World Cup and beyond.
"Metrorail passengers are already experiencing the benefits of the investment programme, whether it's in the comfort of a refurbished coach, a beautiful and modern train station or the presence of security and railway police," Montana said.
The Nasrec, Cape Town, Langa, Kwa-Mashu and Orlando stations are among the stations undergoing major upgrades.
New stations are being built at Moses Mabhida in Durban, Windermere in Cape Town, and Rhodesfield in Johannesburg.
These were scheduled for completion in the first quarter of 2010 said Prasa. "Our programme is modernising our infrastructure and increasing our capacity to meet the expectations of the travelling public and thousands of football-loving fans expected to attend the Confederations Cup and the World Cup."
Prasa has signed an agreement with Fifa to become a national supporter of the World Cup. - Sapa