Gibela: first passengers
- Published: Tuesday, 07 February 2017 12:15
Tuesday, 7 February 2017 was a big day for Gibela, its customer, PRASA and thousands of excited rail commuters travelling in the Koedoespoort – Rissik Corridor in Pretoria. The first of 600 new, state-of-the-art X’Trapolis Mega trains built by Gibela for PRASA carried its first passengers, paving the way for its entry into full commercial service. Passengers were visibly pleased and full of praise for the new train – in particular, its modern, ergonomic design, comfort levels and speed.
The new off-peak service started yesterday and will operate during weekdays and on Saturdays between 08h30 and 15h30. A total of 25 trips will run on a daily basis until the official start of commercial service with nine trains in March 2017.
Says Gibela CEO, Marc Granger, “This is a historic moment for Gibela, its shareholders and the country at large as South African commuters finally get a taste of a service that marks entry into a new age of rail that will hopefully trigger positive ripple effects in the economy.”
Gibela was formed as a consortium to replace South Africa's outdated rolling stock and will deliver 600 state-of-the art passenger trains into the South African rail network over the next 10 years. Fully empowered, Gibela is conscious of its role as a catalyst for economic development and the creation of new skills through its majority shareholder, Alstom. In a contract signed in 2013, the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) assigned Gibela the task of replacing its rolling stock with new trains.
Gibela is headquartered in Johannesburg, while its manufacturing and training facility is located in Dunnottar, Ekurhuleni, Gauteng. Through the rolling stock project, Gibela will generate 1 500 direct jobs and thousands of indirect jobs through the supply chain over a 10-year period. Thousands of people – engineers, artisans, technicians, train drivers and technologists – will benefit from training and upskilling.
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