A Dream is Born
Rail transport in South Africa entered a new era with the successful opening of Phase 1 of the Gautrain rapid rail project on 08 June 2010. The opening came three weeks ahead of schedule and just 44 months after the first sod was turned. Perhaps more significantly however was the fact that the opening came three days ahead of the kick-off of the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup® – a massive testament to the passion, pride and commitment of the project team considering that the Gautrain Project was never considered to be a “World Cup project”.
On 02 August 2011, the route operating from the Gautrain Rosebank station in Johannesburg to the Gautrain Hatfield station in Pretoria was opened and marked the second phase of the Gautrain. At this stage, a total of nine stations operated along 76km of route alignment. A total of ten stations became operational as of 07 June 2012 when the route from Gautrain Rosebank station to Gautrain Park station was opened. This extended the Gautrain service to operate along 80 kilometres of route alignment.