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Thursday Feb 20, 2014

Tshwane BRT system hits yet another snag

Tshwane's bus rapid transit (BRT) construction has run into yet another snag following the postponement of work in the city centre which had been due to start yesterday.

The new bus service, known as A Re Yeng, was originally due to be launched on April 1, but has been delayed after it emerged that several tenders were still under evaluation and key personnel had yet to be appointed.

Yesterday, motorists were expecting to find sections of Paul Kruger Street closed for construction of the lanes in the city centre.

However, they were surprised to find life carrying on as normal, with the only difference being the higher than normal presence of Tshwane metro police.

The City of Tshwane had announced that the construction would start yesterday and be completed by the end of April.

However, the roads did not close. Municipal spokesman Blessing Manale said the work was still going ahead as planned.

He said last-minute changes had been made following consultations with Tshwane Bus Service and the deputy judge president of the Pretoria High Court to minimise the impact of street closures. Other considerations, like the Oscar Pistorius murder trial from March 3, were also taken into account.

Paul Kruger Street, being a Tshwane bus service route, will not be completely cordoned off, but there will now be restricted access from March 3, Manale said. There will be no parking allowed.

'The contractors will continue to assess the working situation and if the environment is not safe with partial closures, then the team will have to re-evaluate and close off completely,' he said.

'The reasons behind Paul Kruger not closing is that the road closures will now be rolled-out in various phases.'

The road closures between Boom and Johannes Ramokhoase streets will be rolled out within the next few days.

'From Johannes Ramokhoase and Madiba streets, the road closures will be implemented taking into consideration the Pistorius case.'

No street parking will be provided, and permits will only be available to the businesses that access their parking directly from Paul Kruger Street.

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