Good progress on new George Transport Hub
The construction of the new R15 million George Transport Hub on the Cradock Street horseshoe is progressing well. Bus commuters can look forward to a modern, user- and environment-friendly facility once this project reaches practical completion in December 2016.
The hub is part of the George Integrated Public Transport Network (GIPTN), a partnership project between the Western Cape Government, the George Municipality and the national government to provide high-quality public transport in George.
The project is 75% complete. Work has been completed on the main steel structure, brickwork, and roof. The contractor is currently busy with finishes, ceilings, sealing the roof, and laying water pipes. High-level aluminium windows are being fitted to bring in natural light.
The new under-cover centre will comprise six bus stops and loading areas, two entrances, four high-security ticket booths, toilets, an information centre, comfortable seating for 231 people, hand rails, bicycle racks, and shade trees. An important design principle is universal accessibility. This includes wheelchair access, and tap rails for people with limited vision.
Green design features include electricity-saving natural light and ventilation, and low water usage toilets. The galvanised steel structure and finishes do not require painting, which lowers long-term maintenance costs.
The construction of the first 30 permanent shelters for the Go George bus service has also started. Over time, certain shelters will be expanded and others improved with additional facilities as necessary. These structures will help make commuters more comfortable as they wait for their buses to arrive.