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19 August 2015

EXCO DECISIONS - 18/08/2015

Bridge City To Get Super Depot Valued At R195 Million

The EThekwini Municipality’s Executive Committee has taken the decision to invest R195 million in the construction of a new super depot in the Bridge City area.

This super depot, part of the city’s Integrated Rapid Public Transport Network (IRPTN), would accommodate a fleet of minimum size of 170 equivalent 19 metre single articulated buses. It will have the following facilities; administration and accommodation for operator support staff and drivers; refuelling station and storage facilities, washing, cleaning and drying facility for bus bodies and a workshop for mechanical repairs and general maintenance.

The first corridor under construction for the IRPTN, the C3 corridor will run from Bridge City, in KwaMashu to Pinetown CBD.

The decision taking by the Executive Committee on Tuesday, 18/08/2015, will see the super depot built, with three smaller feeder depots.

Originally the plan was to have six small feeder depots. However this would have driven up costs unnecessarily as each depot would have duplicated offices, workshops and general infrastructure at depots. 

This development shows the Municipality’s commitment to ensuring modern and world-class facilities are developed within communities to be enjoyed by residents. It reiterates the municipality’s commitment to improving the lives of residents by upgrading and building new and much-needed facilities.

The super depot will consolidate services that would have been spread across the smaller depots. 

The operational requirements for Corridors C1, C9 and C3 require a base depot in the vicinity of Bridge City being the main intermodal and transfer terminal for this region.

The depot facilities will be constructed in a phased approach.

ENDS 

Issued by eThekwini Municipality’s Communications Head, Tozi Mthethwa.

For more information members of the media can contact Gugu Sisilana on 031 311 4855 or email: gugu.mbonambi@durban.gov.za​ or Princess Nkabane on 031 311 4818 or princess.nkabane@durban.gov.za