Sandton Central is more connected than ever before thanks to the three new bridges constructed to link it better, improve transport and forge stronger bonds between different communities.
Its new Marlboro Rea Vaya M1 Cable Stay Bridge, which was completed earlier in 2017, recently scooped two prestigious awards.
First, it received a regional award from the South Africa Institute of Civil Engineers for the most outstanding project in the structural engineering category.
Then, it went on to win first place in the Civil Engineers Contractors category in The Construction World Magazine Awards.
The Marlboro Rea Vaya M1 bridge is for exclusive use by Rea Vaya buses and pedestrians. The bridge is already open for pedestrians. Rea Vaya buses will have exclusive use of the bridge when the Rea Vaya Phase 1C (a) operations begin in October 2018. The bridge will make it possible for buses and pedestrians to move swiftly from Johannesburg CBD via Wynberg and Alexandra over the M1 and into Sandton Central.
Over 10,000 people walk between neighbouring Alexandra and Sandton Central every day. The new bridge is already going a long way in bringing pro-poor high-quality public transport that is safe, affordable and reliable to the people of Alexandra and Sandton. Also, it is making walking easier, safer and more convenient.
“Sandton Central is South Africa’s cosmopolitan centre of trade, ideas, interaction and lifestyle. Excellent infrastructure that supports easy access plays a key role in this. Ensuring that people can easily come to work, visit, stay, shop, or be entertained in Sandton Central is something we take seriously. We strive to provide an exceptional experience,” says Elaine Jack, City Improvement District Manager of the Sandton Central Management District (SCMD), which manages the public urban spaces of this leading city.