Transport Minister Jeff Radebe launched the R750-million Bridge City rail project and shopping centre, in KwaZulu-Natal, on Friday.

Black-owned property developers Crowie Projects said that construction on the project would start in October.

The rail infrastrucutre, which formed part of the bigger 650 000 m2 of high-density, mixed-use public private-partnership development, would provide an underground destination station serving 40 000 commuters a day, Radebe said.

“The location of this shopping centre is strategically positioned near major development corridors and transport networks including the N2, MR93 and the busy North Coast road. It is therefore, a true urban regeneration and renewal project,” he added.

Crowie Projects’ Fred Pietersen said that the eThekwini Municipality had committed over R350-million to build a regional bus and taxi rank adjacent to the shopping centre.

The development would create an estimated 25 000 permanent jobs on completion, in addition to 27 500 temporary construction jobs and 10 400 secondary jobs during development stages.