FTW Pick: Infrastructure supporting planned aerotropolis makes headway

As the Gauteng provincial government works with local government and the private sector to draw investment in a planned aerotropolis, MEC for Gauteng Roads and Transport, Ismail Vadi, has issued assurances that the logistics infrastructure to support the development – which is which is expected to bring in R 8.1 billion in revenue to the province per year – is making headway.

The City of Ekurhuleni approved the 30-year Aerotropolis Master Plan late last year which will see the creation of an aerotropolis – a metropolitan sub region where the layout, infrastructure and economy are centred on an airport. Its core focus is the use of intermodal connectivity linked to OR Tambo International Airport as the basis for generating economic development, particularly for time-sensitive businesses such as perishables, bio-life sciences, advanced manufacturing and aerospace.

Vadi said construction on the new 35-kilometre PWV15 – which will link the planned Tambo Springs logistics hub with the aerotropolis – was expected to start early next year.

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