‘GO! Durban’ on track to move the people of eThekwini

The ambitious project which aims to bring world class transport to the citizens of eThekwini, also aims to connect Johannesburg with Durban.

The project will be unveiled in different phases. 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. 

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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.

When the Gautrain was launched it became an efficient and convenient way to commute between various Pretoria stations and major hubs in Johannesburg as well as O.R Tambo International Airport.

The effect on property in the vicinity of stations has been notable. Commercial property demand grew exponentially in Sandton and Rosebank, affordable housing near the Midrand station was launched, while existing stock close to the Centurion station became hot property. 

Will the new transport system in Durban have the same effect on property? When the proposed high speed train between Durban and Johannesburg has been finished, travelling times between these major cities will be cut down to three hours - what kind of effect will that have on people choosing to commute?

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A person could easily commute to Johannesburg during the week and travel back to Durban for weekends, or vice versa, will that show a rise in the demand for rental property in either city?

It remains to be seen what kind of impact the transport system will have on the property market, what we do know is that this kind of world class public transport system is definitely a step in the right direction,

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