Moloto Corridor Development
Minister of Transport:
Ms Dipuo Peters
Moloto road to get an upgrade - Minister Peters announces
One of the country's deadliest roads is about to get an upgrade. The government plans to invest over a billion rand upgrading the R573 Moloto Road. This was announced by Minister of Transport Ms Dipuo Peters during her Budget Vote Speech at the National Assembly on 05 May 2015. She also outlined a number of roads and transport projects for the year ahead.
She indicated that a process of proclaiming the road as a national road is at the advanced stage with the provincial governments of Limpopo and Mpumalanga having transferred part of the road to the national Department. Discussions with Gauteng government are currently underway.
The Moloto Road stretches over 160km and spans three provinces - Gauteng, Mpumalanga and Limpopo. It is used by over 60,000 commuters daily.
She further mentioned that in an effort to improve road conditions, Provincial Departments of Roads and Transport have made improvements. This included delivering high quality projects, better designed and better maintained local roads. The S'hamba Sonke Programme also continues to advance the improvement of the Secondary Provincial Road Network.
Minister Peters added that through the S'hamba Sonke Programme,
- 1100km of surfaced road have been rehabilitated;
- 3000km of surfaced roads sealed;
- 3926km of roads gravelled;
- Patched more than 1,4 million square metres of potholes;
- 147 000 km of roads bladed, and
- R30bn to create over 23 500 fulltime equivalent jobs in the 2014/15 financial year.
Moloto Rail Corridor
The Moloto Rail Project’s main objective is to ensure that passenger rail as the backbone of an integrated multi-modal transport system using proven state of the art rolling stock and equipment. In addition this rail project would serve as a catalyst for economic development initiatives within and around the Corridor resolving challenges of safety, efficiency, reliability, affordability and overall integration with other public transport services.
The Moloto Development Corridor has its main objective to increase speed for buses from 70km per hour to 120km/h and from 160km/h to 200km for standard gauge trains thereby reduce travel time for commuters. This part of the government’s policy to develop an inter-modal transportation solution and involves the following catalytic projects:
- 13 new train stations
- Koedoespport Rapid Rail Alignment (117km of dual track)
- Modal Integration Points
- Surface 240km of feeder routes
- Tshwane Bus Rapid Transit
- New Dual 67km Carriageway from Siyabuswa to Moloto
- Mamelodi East and Greenview Pienaarspport Alignment