TRANSNET SOC LTD PROPOSES THE EXPANSION OF RAILWAY LINES BY CONSTRUCTING A NEW LOOP AT THE BOSHOEK LINE, IN THE RUSTENBURG LOCAL MUNICIPALITY, AND AT THE HEYSTERKRAND LINE, IN THE MOSES KOTANE LOCAL MUNICIPALITY, NORTH-WEST PROVINCE.
The proposed development will entail the expansion of railway lines by constructing new loops at the Boshoek Line and the Heysterkrand Line. The strategic importance of this rail section is highlighted by the large volume and variety of commodities currently being transported, such as coal, chrome, iron ore, containers and general freight. The proposed project will involve the construction of track work (20t axle loading formation layers), required for doubling of the existing line and expansion of the bridge; installation of a localised remote control system to enable the train driver to remotely operate the tangential point sets of both sides of the loop, using a radio control; the extension several box culverts to accommodate the new loops; and the construction of a river bridge (near Boshoek), similar to the existing bridge on the main line.
As per the EIA regulations, the proposed developments will require Basic Assessments (BAs) for the expansion of the railway line. Transnet SOC Ltd has appointed EOH Coastal and Environmental Services (EOH CES), to conduct and submit the BA applications, to the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA), and to function as the Environmental Assessment Practitioner (EAP) for the projects. In addition, the Boshoek Railway Line will require a Water Use Authorisation in terms of Section 21c and Section 21i of the National Water Act (Act No 36 of 1998, as amended).
All Interested and Affected Parties are hereby notified of the availability of the Draft Basic Assessment Reports (BARs) and Environmental Management Programme Reports (EMPrs) for public review and comment. The 30 day review period is from 25 May 2018 – 24 June 2018.
Published: 25 May 2018
Review Period: 25 May 2018 to 24 June 2018