Bus firm loses in MyCiTi ap­peal

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THE SUPREME Court of Ap­peal’s (SCA) dis­missal yes­ter­day of an ap­peal by bus com­pany Golden Ar­row, ef­fec­tively paves the way for the city’s go-ahead with ex­pan­sion of the MyCiTi bus ser­vice.

“Had ( Golden Ar­row) suc­ceeded, it could have de­layed the roll-out of the BRT sys­tem and com­pro­mised this ad­min­is­tra­tion’s com­mit­ment to re­struc­tur­ing the pub­lic trans­port sys­tem by pro­vid­ing in­te­grated, af­ford­able, safe and re­li­able pub­lic trans­port to the res­i­dents,” the city’s mayoral com­mit­tee mem­ber for trans­port, roads and stormwa­ter, Brett Her­ron, said yes­ter­day.

The city would now con­tinue with ne­go­ti­a­tions in re­la­tion to the N2 Ex­press­way and Phase 2 of the BRT sys­tem, in­clud­ing with Golden Ar­row.

The ap­peal stemmed from a dis­pute the bus com­pany had dur­ing MyCiTi ne­go­ti­a­tions, which re­sulted in a dead­lock.

Golden Ar­row had asked the high court to com­pel the city to have the is­sues re­ferred to me­di­a­tion and later, if un­suc­cess­ful, to ar­bi­tra­tion.

The ap­pli­ca­tion was dis­missed by the high court in April. Golden Ar­row ap­pealed but it was dis­missed yes­ter­day by the SCA.

Her­ron said the city con­tin­ued to re­gard Golden Ar­row as an “im­por­tant and valu­able part­ner and stake­holder in our pub­lic trans­port trans­for­ma­tion project”.

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