MODERN MULTI-MILLION SELBY BRT DEPOT NEARS COMPLETION
As the City of Johannesburg cruises to the end of Transport Month, it’s worth noting that the Selby Rea Vaya Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) is edging closer to reaching practical completion in one of the heavier industrial nodes in the inner city.
The Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA), on behalf of the City of Johannesburg’s Transport Department, managed the development of Phase 2B for the new state-of-the-art Selby Rea Vaya BRT depot.
The depot will minimise traffic congestion between depots and route starting points. It will also do minor and major maintenance for the two Rea Vaya BRT operating companies by maintaining in-service buses and out of service buses.
“The Selby BRT depot was undertaken in phases: 2A, 2B and 2C. This is another example of the City’s plans geared towards building an effective, safe, affordable, accessible and reliable transport system,” said Cllr Nonhlanhla Makhuba, the Member of Mayoral Committee (MMC) for Transport in the City of Johannesburg.
The depot boasts environmentally friendly features like sensor-controlled lights; a robust steel sheeting for the roof; cladding to help with climate control; and a noise-wall barrier around the premises. The roof structures will allow direct sunlight into the building to reduce the need for artificial lighting, and water recycling for reuse in the buildings and washing bays.
Phase 2B of the Selby BRT Depot entailed the construction of the bus depot workshops, refuelling garages, a new refuelling building, a new double-volume wash bay building, two new refuse buildings and a new gatehouse for security. Construction began in May 2019.
Rea Vaya operators will be able to maintain their fleet with newly installed specialised equipment. It includes brake-testing facilities, spray booths, automatic and manual bus washing facility, and a refuelling facility.
The working space is part of phase 2C, of which the construction of the administration building is currently underway. This building will be used by Piotrans, for Phase 1A operating in (Soweto to CBD via Soweto Highway), and soon to be confirmed 1C operating company, for JHB CBD – Sandton Via Alexandra route.
Refurbished workshop areas
The amount of work for Phase 2C comprises demolition work in various areas; the refurbishment of workshop areas; construction of a new canteen, gym, new offices, administration rooms, boardrooms, storerooms, main foyer with reception areas, and a newly refurbished courtyard.
“The JDA has been instrumental in providing support to the City’s residents through investment in logistics infrastructure; forging connections between the City’s various nodes and in developing effective transport and telecommunications linkages,” said Cllr Thapelo Amad, the MMC for Development Planning in the City of Johannesburg.
“One of the Growth and Development Strategy (GDS) 2040 outcomes is to provide a resilient, liveable, sustainable urban environment – underpinned by smart infrastructure supportive of a low carbon economy. The JDA is currently undertaking the Selby depot on behalf of the City’s Transport Department, which speaks to this GDS outcome,” added MMC Amad.
There are other facilities at the Selby depot, which was previously used by Putco, which will accommodate up to 270 buses. It also has an administration building and an Intelligent Transport System (ITS) control centre. The admin block has ablution facilities, a canteen, offices and staff and visitors parking.