SCOPE OF WORK:
The LDM Group was commissioned by the eThekwini Transport Authority in 2012 as the official Programme Managers of the 20 Billion Rand GO!DURBAN IRPTN system. This system is known as the Integrated Rapid Public Transport Network(IRPTN), a high performance transport mode that combines existing and new rail systems, and a new Bus Rapid Transit System (BRT).
ABOUT THE PROJECT
Branded as GO! Durban, the IRPTN is a city-wide public transport solution that will ultimately see the establishment of nine transport corridors linked by various modes of transport across eThekwini by 2027.
Durban has the potential to be the most liveable and sustainable city in Africa – GO! Durban is the public transport system that will turn this concept into a reality. Durban is already one of the leading tourism destinations in South Africa and with the added convenience of a public transport system, the tourism industry will continue to grow and spotlight the significance of the city. GO!Durban is a system that will revolutionise Durban as we know it and form a city that is sustainable and technologically advanced.
The Integrated Rapid Public Transport Network (IRPTN) was designed to revolutionise the current transport system in Durban into a world class, reliable and scheduled service for all citizens. This system will include state-of-the-art stations, roads and railways to provide a faster and more efficient public transport network. The initial stage of the project will include 62 kilometers of road construction, 45 new and improved bus stations as well as 2 terminal stations at Bridge City and Bram Fischer.
The construction of corridors to accommodate new routes is already underway. Currently under construction are the roads linking Bridge City to Warwick and Umhlanga as well as a railway that will link Bridge City to KwaMashu via Berea Road to Umlazi and Isipingo. Overall, there will be over 190 kilometres of road based corridors developed however 60 kilometres are planned for the initial stage of the network underway in the first quarter of the 2015 financial year.
The city of Durban can look forward to a completely upgraded and progressive transport system that ultimately changes the way they inhabit and utilise the city for a higher quality of life.