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The Johannesburg Development Agency has embarked on two railway station upgrade projects valued at R26 million each.

The projects, which involve the upgrade of the Mzimhlophe and Merafe Railway Stations, form part of the City of Johannesburg’s Transport initiative to improve Public Transport Facilities City-wide.

The main objective of the projects according to the JDA is to upgrade pedestrian walkways connecting to all Metrorail Stations in Soweto in order to improve pedestrian mobility to allow for safer movement between different amenities and integration with the public transport facilities.

The upgrade will also include upgrades to drainage, sidewalks, kerbs and paving, street lighting and landscaping and the project will be phased based on budget availability.

According to Christo Botes, CEO of the JDA, the stakeholder consultation process has been completed.

“The upgrades will co-produce solutions to meet local needs and alleviate movements’ challenges, of the pro poor communities in Soweto, in particular Mzimhlophe and surrounding neighbourhoods.

“The overall aim of the project is to upgrade the public realm to allow for safer movement between different amenities and integration with the public transport facilities,” he concludes.

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