Cabinet has approved the R8,6-billion Moloto Rail Corridor development initiative that will see the provision of an integrated transport link between Gauteng and Mpumalanga, government spokesperson Themba Maseko said at a briefing in Cape Town, on Thursday.

He noted that a project implementation and management office would be established by the Department of Transport – who have been tasked with progressing the initiative in collaboration with the Mpumalanga provincial government.

An environmental impact assessment was expected to start shortly and all affected municipalities would be required to update their integrated development plans and integrated transport plans to ensure alignment with this initiative, Maseko explained.

The project would include rail, road and transfer facilities and is aimed at reducing travel time and road accidents on the corridor and providing affordable and safe travel options for commuters.

“The corridor will also have positive impact on the social lives of commuters by means of spin-offs of improved public transport system and other economic benefits that flow from this initiative,” Finance MEC Mathulare Coleman said last year.