14 June 2023 - NW1932
Nolutshungu, Ms N to ask the Minister of Transport
(1)What is the status of the high-speed underground train or bullet train that the President, Mr M C Ramaphosa, announced during his State of the Nation Address on 20 June 2019; (2) whether the feasibility study has been conducted; if not, why not; if so, what (a) total amount did it cost and (b) is the breakdown of the total amount spent on the project?
1. The Department of Transport has developed a High-Speed Rail (HSR) Framework following the adoption of the National Rail Policy by Cabinet on 23 March 2022. Drawing its policy direction from the National Rail Policy, the HSR Framework provides the foundation for the prioritisation of HSR corridors in the country. The Framework identifies the objectives of HSR and the criteria to be used in prioritising and ranking potential HSR corridors in the country. Following approval of the HSR Framework by Cabinet and the securing of the required funding, feasibility studies will be conducted on prioritised HSR corridors.
2. See response in (1) above.