North West civil engineering contractor M Civils is expanding its core focus in road construction, diversifying into residential building and allied services, as well as niche load and haul services in contract mining.

Once completed, the Rustenburg Rapid Transport (RRT) system will serve an 18 km trunk line network of dedicated bus lanes and station terminals, with local contractor M Civils forging ahead with key phases of the construction programme.

The RRT forms part of the 2025 Rustenburg City Development strategy that is set to transform the city and the way it interconnects with the neighbouring mining and agricultural communities it serves.

Similar to other bus rapid transport (BRT) initiatives constructed in Johannesburg and Cape Town (referred to under their project names of Rea Vaya and MyCiTi, respectively), the first phases of the RRT are due to come on stream during 2016, via trunk corridors, direct routes, and feeder services.

Some 80% of the Rustenburg Local Municipality will be covered once the RRT system is completed, catering for upwards of 200 000 commuters.

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