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Africa launches new high-speed train route

AFRICA’S FIRST high speed to operate between two of its major cities has been opened.

The Gautrain can reach speeds of up to 160 km/h and is likely to take less than 30 minutes between Johannesburg and Pretoria, a journey of 54km. During rush hour, it is understood that the same journey could take up to two hours by car.

The new route, which is said to have cost £2.1bn to build, was first opened in 2010 to transport thousands of football fans during the World Cup.

The South African Government says it aims to make rail transport the backbone of the public transport system.
Transport Minister Sbu Ndebele, said: “Transport infrastructure over the next two years is guaranteed to radically change the way South Africans travel due to a multibillion rand boost by the government,” said Transport Minister Sbu Ndebele.

The Gautrain is expected to reduce the number of cars on the motorway which links Pretoria and South Africa's economic hub Johannesburg by 20 percent.

This would mean 25,000 to 30,000 fewer cars on that stretch of road each day.

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