Cape Town Airport Rail link back on the cards

The country’s commuter railway operator and the City of Cape Town are in talks to open a rail link between the airport and the city, the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) told MPs on Tuesday.

Creating links to cities from both the Cape Town International Airport and the King Shaka International Airport in Durban would be priorities for the next few years, Prasa CEO Lucky Montana told Parliament’s public services select committee.

The process for the Cape Town link was at a more advanced stage than the newer King Shaka Airport.

Full article at IOL

June 2012: Why is an airport rail link a priority?

June 2011: Cape Town Airport Rail Link attracts global attention

How would this work?

“We are not building a [new] line from the airport to Cape Town. We are connecting the city to an existing line,” Montana said.

Preferred alignment of the link to the commuter rail network



Visual of rail link entering Cape Town International Airport





Prasa would have to lay an additional 3.2km of railway tracks to connect it to the existing line.

Potential options for future phases

Cross section of the connection to the airport


There are 2 comments

  1. Rob T

    Considering that the MyCiti Airport shuttle is running virtually empty is there a requirement for this besides lining someone’s pocket?

  2. Rouen Smit

    The @MyCiTibus is suffice for an Airport CBD route. This is completely unneeded.

    Rather build an express line to Khayelitsha (ie, another line next to existing) to enable people to get into and out of the city faster. Most sensible way of spending the money.

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