Fred Nel MPL
Deputy Spokesperson on Roads and Transport
Land adjacent to the Centurion Gautrain station is proclaimed for expropriation by the end of the year to provide for an additional 1 000 parking bays at the station.
In response to my written questions on the pressing parking problem at the Centurion Gautrain station Roads and Transport MEC Ismail Vadi indicated the Gautrain Management Agency’s (GMA) intention to construct the additional at-grade parking bays. Unfortunately, no timeline for completion is currently available.
The MEC also indicated that the GMA is aware of commuters parking on the curb and avenue divider on West Street outside the station, but that the problem was the responsibility of the City of Tshwane and its Metro Police Department. The GMA has discussed the situation with the City of Tshwane at its quarterly liaison meetings.
I will request that DA Councillor Dr Clive Napier, representing Ward 57 which encompasses the station, take up the matter in council and request clarity on the city’s efforts to deal with the situation.
The City of Tshwane must ensure that parking is effectively regulated and that the by-laws are properly enforced by the metro police.
If the Gautrain is to be a true gateway to Centurion that stimulates economic growth and development, the City of Tshwane must ensure that West Street is upgraded and maintained to befit its status as new artery into the heart of Centurion.