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Given huge growth of ur­ban com­mu­ni­ties, ever-in­creas­ing fuel prices and also the new e-toll taxes on the Gaut­eng high­ways, the fu­ture of the Gau­train does seem rosy and it ap­pears that there are plans to ex­pand the ex­ist­ing route net­work.

This may in­clude l inks to Soweto from Park Sta­tion, to Men­lyn Park from Hat­field Sta­tion and a link to the West Rand, which would re­quire many more tun­nels.

Jensen says the GMA is cur­rently look­ing at the fea­si­bil­ity of sev­eral ex­ten­sions to the cur­rent net­work.

“Th­ese plans are in a very in­fant stage. There are, as yet, no plans to present. But the ex­ten­sions men­tioned are all pos­si­bil­i­ties. Th­ese pos­si­ble ex­ten­sions will be dis­cussed in the 25-year In­te­grated Trans­port Master Plan for Gaut­eng, which is due for re­lease dur­ing the lat­ter part of 2013.”

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