September 2013

PRASA passenger coach building programme

The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) has been charged with changing public perceptions and transport use in South Africa. The objective is to move railway to a position of the preferred mode of trans- portation for mass personal movement. In order to do this transportation needs to be reliable and safe, as well as fast, efficient and comfortable. PRASA’s critical objective over the next few years is to upgrade the existing passenger rail network. Existing coaches are on average 40 years old, utilise even older technology and are beyond economic refurbishment.