22 May 2020 - NW370
Chabangu, Mr M to ask the Minister of Transport
What number of railway stations have closed and are no longer in use in the Republic since 1994?
The following stations were closed and are no longer in use:
- Ellis Park – was closed in 2009 in preparation for 2010 World Cup. A risk assessment that was conducted showed that the platforms were narrow and could not accommodate the number of commuters going to the stadium. Ellis Park station was also too close to Doornfontein station and could easily use Doornfontein as the main station for Ellis Park stadium.
Both stations were closed in 1996. They were not used by commuters but mainly used by railway employees and stopping was causing delays.
Some of the stations (not listed) are temporarily and not permanently closed as a result of flooding, vandalism, crime, and PRASA not providing services as a result of shortage of rolling stock. As soon as projects are implemented to recover the service, these stations will be opened.