South Africa: Prasa to invest in new rail projects

Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) plans to invest EUR 12B to modernise the rail network over the next 10 years; to build new railway from Cape Town’s Central Metrorail line to Chris Hani station in Khayelitsha, to build a junction near Firgrove on the existing route to Somerset West; to build a new railway southwards from the present Langa- Bellville South line to the airport. In addition, the company wants to improve the suburban rail connections to outlying areas including Paarl and Stellenbosch.
Prasa general manager of strategic network planning Hishaam Emeran said that funding for these projects is “not yet on the table”. This probably depends, he said, on the plans receiving “presidential strategic integrated project status.” The plan he said would be “a whole package”, including new depots, signalling and modernised stations.

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