Gautrain Rapid Rail Link Traffic Impact Studies
During the year 2000 the Gauteng Provincial Government announced the commissioning of an investigation into the feasibility of a rapid rail link linking Pretoria, Johannesburg and Johannesburg International Airport (JIA). The project is known as the Gauteng Rapid Rail Link (GRRL).
The project aim includes revitalising the CBDs of Johannesburg and Pretoria and to provide a convenient direct transportation link between JIA and Sandton.
The target patron market of the project, is primarily the upper end of the taxi market and lower to middle end of the car market and would serve mainly developed areas directly.
Given the target market of the GRRL project it is expected that a significant portion of the patrons would arrive at stations in road vehicles, particularly in the early years of operation. Seeing that existing road based modes are the target market it follows that the total road travel mileage in the rail corridor is expected to decrease. However, in the immediate vicinity of stations a concentration of road traffic associated with rail patrons is expected.
One of the key considerations to ensure that patrons can reach stations during peak hours is thus the adequacy of access routes to stations.
- Intersection and link upgrading
- Capacity analysis
- Geometric layouts and new signal plans
- Access requirements
- Public transport accommodation
- Broader accessibility issues