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ISMAIL Vadi, Gauteng MEC for transport, and Gautrain CEO Jack van der Merwe were at Rosebank Station at 7am on Thursday, June 7 to see off the first Rosebank-Park Station train.

The fact that the route has been given the green light is good news for Gautrain users, who, up to now, have had to board a Gautrain bus at Rosebank Station to get to the Joburg CBD. They will now only have to start their bus journey at Park Station.

The opening of the route was delayed after a dispute between the Gauteng government and Gautrain operator Bombela over a water-seepage problem in a section of the tunnel from Rosebank. The dispute has not yet been resolved and the matter will be dealt with in arbitration in September. In the mean time, the route has been deemed safe.

A single, pay-as-you-go train trip between Park Station and Hatfield Station in Pretoria will cost R52, while a single trip between Park Station and Sandton will cost R22.

Passengers who now have a period product that terminates at Rosebank Station may use the same product to Park Station but will be charged an additional R3 per trip, which will automatically be deducted from the “pay-as-you-go” value on their gold cards.

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