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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Gautrain stations, Johannesburg, South Africa

Work well underway on stations as part of Johannesburg’s Gautrain transport system
The construction of three new underground stations, part of the €1.7billion high-speed Gautrain system in South Africa, are well underway with the Sandton to OR Tambo Airport link intended to open in June 2010 in time for the FIFA 2010 World Cup.

Pascall+Watson Architects has been part of the Atkins multidisciplinary design team undertaking the scheme and detailed design of the three new underground stations in central Johannesburg.

Sandton Station is expected to provide for the travel needs of commuters for the next 30 years. Covering a site of more than 40,000 sq m, there will also be three levels of parking, along with a three platform station accessed by way of a dramatic 36 metre deep open vertical circulation shaft comprising 3 sets of 10 metre deep escalators and staircases.

Gautrain will put Johannesburg, South Africa’s economic capital, just 40 minutes from the administrative capital Pretoria when completed in three years time.
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