While R9 billion has been allocated to upgrade the Western Cape's rail system, plans for the City of Cape Town to take over the city's railway system are underway.
Mayco member Brett Herron outlines the steps being taken to improve Cape Towns integrated transport system.
Herron says they are looking to fast-track the process.
There is a provision in the most recent white paper for rail to be assigned to cities, where those cities have the capacity and are interested in taking over the rail function. That white paper has a time frame proposed in it.— Brett Heron, Councillor in the Mayoral Committee for for Transport and Urban Development
Firstly we want to take over the railway infrastructure and be the authority over rail and then we are proposing to also investigate the feasibility of alternative rail.— Brett Heron, Councillor in the Mayoral Committee for for Transport and Urban Development
There are obviously financial implications that we need to explore. That devolution obviously comes with the funding that is currently being spent on rail to come with it.— Brett Heron, Councillor in the Mayoral Committee for for Transport and Urban Development
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