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12 December 2016

George Transport Hub Inaugurated Amidst Great Excitement

 

The George Transport Hub, a new, modern passenger service centre in the city centre,was inaugurated with great excitement on Thursday 8 December 2016, exactly two years after the first phase of the GO GEORGE bus service had been rolled out. 

The impressive, convenient facility for bus passengers and staff was designed by local architect, Brian Stokes of Brink Stokes Mkhize Architects. George Executive Mayor, Alderman Melvin Naik, congratulated Stokes on the outstanding project and timeous execution thereof. “Brian really went the extra mile to design a user- and environment-friendly structure that perfectly complements our top-class buses and service,” he said.

Construction on the Hub started at the beginning of June, and was finished perfectly on schedule despite the challenge of buses stopping and departing around the horseshoe area until about a month before completion.

An eye-catching feature of the Hub is the 3-meter high recycled steel statue of a female passenger and child by Southern Cape artist Boshoff Botha. The unusual artwork was unveiled by Mayor Naik and Stokes.

Costing R15 million, the new under-cover centre comprises six bus stops and loading areas, two entrances, four high-security ticket booths that will speed up the boarding process, toilets, 231 comfortable seats, hand railings to separate queueing passengers from buses, bicycle racks and shade trees. An important design principle is the universal accessibility for people with special needs, like tap rails for people with limited vision.

Energy saving in the Hub is brought about byusing natural light and ventilation, while low water usage toilets score points on the green side. The galvanised steel structure and finishes do not require paint and contribute to the low maintenance required by the building.

“Council shares in the excitement of the community and will do everything in our power to keep it a safe environment for everybody using the bus service,” said Naik. “At the same time, I want to appeal to residents to take ownership of the George Transport Hub, to take pride in this beautiful building and help us keep it clean and in mint condition, and a pleasant space to spend time while waiting for the bus. George is privileged to have been entrusted with a public transport service of this magnitude. Let us cherish this great gift and all that goes with it.”

 

PERSVRYSTELLING:VERVOERKERNVIR BUSDIENS NOU OOP VIR PASSASIERS

Die George-vervoerkern (Hub), ‘n nuwe, moderne passasiersdienssentrum in die middedorp, is met groot opgewondenheid Donderdag, 8 Desember 2016 in gebruik geneem – presies twee jaar nadat die eerste fase van die GO GEORGE-busdiens uitgerol is.

Die indrukwekkende, gerieflike fasiliteit vir passasiers en busdienspersoneel is ontwerp deur plaaslike argitek, Brian Stokes van Brink Stokes Mkhize-argitekte. George se uitvoerende burgemeester, raadsheer Melvin Naik, het Stokes gelukgewens met die uitstaande projek en die uitvoering daarvan binne die tydsraamwerk. “Brian het regtig die ekstra myl geloop om ‘n gebruikers- en omgewingsvriendelike struktuur wat ons topklas busse en diens aanvul, te ontwerp,” het hy gesê.

Konstruksiewerk aan die vervoerkern het in Junie begin en is op skedule afgehandel ten spyte van die uitdaging van busse wat nog tot omtrent ‘n maand voor voltooiing rondom die bouperseel gestop en vertrek het.

‘n Treffende element in die vervoerkern wat dadelik die oog vang, is die 3-meter hoë standbeeld van hergebruikte staal wat ‘n vroulike passasier en kind uitbeeld. Die kunswerk is geskep deur Suid-Kaapse kunstenaar, Boshoff Botha, en is deur burgemeester Naik en Stokes onthul.

Die R15-miljoen-projek maak voorsiening vir ‘n onderdak-sentrum met ses bushaltes en laai-areas, twee ingange, vier hoë-sekuriteit kaartjiekantore, toilette, 231 gemaklike sitplekke, handrelings om passasiers wat wag af te sper van die busse, fietsrakke en skadubome. ‘n Prominente beginsel van die ontwerp is die universele toeganklikheid vir mense met spesiale behoeftes, soos tikrelings vir mense met beperkte visie.

Energiebesparing word meegebring deur natuurlike lig en ventilasie te gebruik, terwyl lae waterverbruik-toilette punte kry aan die groen kant. Die gegalvaniseerde staal-struktuur en afwerkings dra by tot lae instandhoudingskoste.

“Die stadsraad deel die gemeenskap se opgewondenheid en sal alles in ons vermoë doen om te sorg dat dit ‘n veilige omgewing bly vir almal wat die busdiens gebruik,” het Naik gesê. “Terselfdertyd wil ek ‘n beroep doen op inwoners om eienaarskap te neem van die George-vervoerkern. Kom ons wees trots op hierdie pragtige gebou en help om dit skoon en in ‘n puik toestand te hou sodat dit ‘n aangename ruimte sal bly om tyd te verwyl terwyl jy vir ‘n bus wag. George is bevoorreg dat ‘n openbare vervoerdiens van hierdie omvang aan ons toevertrou is. Kom ons koester hierdie groot geskenk en alles wat daarmee saamgaan.”

Last published 12 December 2016