City opens Belle Ombre bus depot to assist Pretoria residents

MMC for community safety Derrick Kissonduth, MMC for roads and transport Sheila Lynn Senkubuge, Gauteng MEC for roads and transport, Ismail Vadi, Tshwane mayor Solly Msimanga, chairperson of oversight committee for roads and transport Elmarie Linde, chairperson of Tshwane Rapid Transit board Abner Tsebe and deputy chairperson of board Piet Mahlangu. Photo: Supplied

The Tshwane metro launched Transport month, October, with the official opening of the Belle Ombre bus depot.

Mayor Solly Msimanga said the city had budgeted R669 million, R343 million and R426 million for the next three years towards the bus rapid transit (BRT) system while R24 million had been set aside for Line 2C, Watloo Road and R51 million for line 2C Lynnwood Road.

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Msimanga lauded the A Re Yeng team under the guidance of the MMC for roads and transport, Sheila Lynn Senkubuge for successfully taking over bus service operations from AutoPax in Mamelodi.

“It has always been our desire to provide transport services to high-density areas that do not have fast modes of transport, this is with specific reference to places such as Mamelodi, Atteridgeville and Soshanguve,” said Msimanga.

Msimanga said in the near future, the metro would be reaching out to Hammaskraal commuters through a compensation agreement with the taxi industry.

The new Belle Ombre bus depot which is already in use has the capacity to accommodate 114 buses and boasts an admin block which accommodates on-call driver facilities, fully equipped service workshop, compressed natural gas and diesel fuelling facilities and wash bay.

Senkubuge said of the 114 bus fleet, 40 ran on compressed natural gas making Tshwane the first city in sub-Saharan Africa to run buses on gas.

MMC for roads and transport, Sheila Lynn Senkubuge. Photo: Supplied

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