Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport Press Release
Gauteng government commits to fast-tracking road projects in support of Tambo-Springs Intermodal Gateway.
Gauteng’s massive freight infrastructure is beginning to reach capacity and to foster economic growth and maintain capacity to deliver goods on time, the province must keep growing capacity in the transport sector.
This is according to Gauteng MEC for Public Transport and Roads Infrastructure Jacob Mamabolo during his engagements with Tambo-Springs Intermodal Gateway developers, where he reiterated the Department’s commitment to fast-tracking road and transport infrastructure-related developments to support planned projects in the City of Ekurhuleni on Thursday.
Mamabolo said that the province’s Smart Mobility vision recognises the need to strengthen inland ports such as the City Deep and the construction of new ports such as Tambo Springs, Pyramid, Rosslyn, Westrand and Vaalcon as critical in the development of freight movement in the province and country
“The Tambo-Springs Intermodal Hub Development project has been identified to address the need for expanded container capacity within Gauteng and optimise the migration of containerised cargo from road to rail. The migration from road to rail will greatly improve the efficiency of the transport system, decarbonise the roads and assist in reducing greenhouse-gas emissions.”
“We are pleased to announce that plans are at an advanced stage for the construction of the K148/N3 interchange as a first step to providing the necessary transport networks to support the Tambo Springs Hub which includes the construction of the K148 route. The route and interchange will serve as key mobility access to Tambo Springs for freight from the N3 highway,” Mamabolo elaborated. Additional roads that will be required to support the hub are the K146, K148 and D817 which will provide mobility and accessibility to the developments in the surrounding areas such as Zonkiziswe, Magagula Heights, Katlehong and Vosloorus. Furthermore, a portion of the N3 of the new interchange will be widened, upgrading it from a dual to a three-lane carriageway,” .
MEC further explained that the Department is harnessing the benefits and value derived through partnerships and investments in road infrastructure to boost economic recovery and growth in the province.
“Our Smart Mobility vision of growing the economy through the seamless movement of goods and services will become a reality as we continue to fast-track the delivery of road and transport infrastructure that has the potential unlock economic opportunities,” Mamabolo said.
As part of providing supporting network infrastructure, MEC Mamabolo added that the department is working tirelessly on plans for the construction of the PWV15 which is a new freeway that will also support the development of the Tambo-Springs Intermodal Gateway as well as the Aerotropolis to ease traffic congestion along the key interchanges.
“The planned freeway, PWV15, is of major strategic importance to both national and international freight transport as it seeks to provide direct access to the Tambo-Springs Freight Hub and the planned new cargo terminal around the international airport.
“It is envisioned to support the development of the Aerotropolis and the Tambo-Springs Inland Port as well as to assist in alleviating congestion at the Gillooly’s Interchange whilst linking the N3 to the N12 and R21 road network. The project is expected to contribute to development of small contractors, much-needed job opportunities, training and skills development,” concluded Mamabolo.
Issued by the Gauteng Department of Roads & Transport