The impact of the Gautrain station in Midrand.
School of Architecture and Planning, University of the Witwatersrand.
Transport and the need for mobility in a city is dependent on the development of land uses, social factors and economic sectors. It is largely linked to the development of a country. When development takes place, expansion of road networks and in some cases rail networks take place as well, in order to access the new area. Passenger rail is not a new concept, and has been around for over two centuries. In South Africa however, it has been in existence for over 150 years. Metrorail, PRASA, Transnet and now the Gautrain are the three types of passenger rail available in Gauteng. With the Gautrain gaining popularity by the day, it is only natural to look at the way it has performed over the last six years. From 2010 to now, the Gautrain Rapid Rail has had an impact on the whole province. Its effects can be seen at all stations, especially at Sandton, Rosebank, Centurion and Pretoria. It has spurred all kinds of developments and investments into these areas, allowing them to grow and increase in value. This report seeks to understand the impact the Gautrain has had in Midrand, looking at its effect on development. It also seeks to demonstrate that Transit Oriented Development has a place in South Africa, and the Gautrain Stations are the best place to implement it. Midrand is still developing and because of this, it has the potential to flourish into a fully functional Transit Oriented Development.
A research report submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree BSc Honours in Urban and Regional Planning, to the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.
Mobility , Passenger rail , Gautrain rapid rail , Transit oriented development
Surti, N., 2017. The impact of the Gautrain station in Midrand. Johannesburg: University of the Witwatersrand.