The extended first phase of the Gautrain project in South Africa opened on 2 August. The network now reaches from Rosebank Station in Johannesburg to Hatfield Station in Tshwane (formerly Pretoria), enabling the commencement of passenger services across the 74 km system.

The complete 80 km Gautrain route links 10 stations to connect South Africa’s economic centre of Johannesburg to its national capital in Tshwane, and also extends out to the OR Tambo International Airport. The first part of phase one, the 20 km route between OR Tambo International Airport Station and Sandton Station, opened to passengers in June 2010, in time to provide passenger services for the FIFA Soccer World Cup visitors. The final 6 km section between Rosebank and Park stations will be opened at a later date.

The Bombela Concession Company, which includes Bombardier, was awarded its contract by the Gauteng Provincial Government of South Africa in September 2006. Bombardier’s involvement was to deliver an integrated rail system including a fleet of 96 Electrostar vehicles, the majority of which were assembled in South Africa from Derby-produced CKD kits, the Cityflo 250 train control system and all the track work, power supply and distribution systems, communications systems, automatic fare collection, project management, systems engineering and integration, and testing and commissioning.