Transnet Concludes Evaluation Of Bids For Slots

Transnet has concluded the evaluation of applications received for the sale of slots on the Container and Cape Corridor that was advertised on the 1st of April 2022 and closed on the 31st of August 2022.

In finalising the slot sales process, and as communicated to all interested and qualifying parties, there are governance activities underway including the recommendation and final approval of the evaluation outcome for both the Container Corridor (Gauteng to Durban) and the Cape Corridor (Gauteng to East London). Once the final approval of the outcome has been granted, it will be communicated accordingly.

This follows Transnet’s open market process where interested and qualifying parties were invited to apply for an initial 16 slots.

The system will operate by means of temporary occupation of sections of the network to enable end-to-end passage of a train, with Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) retaining ownership of the network.

The sale of these slots to third-party operators expands the access that Transnet already grants to PRASA, approved Branch Line Operators, the luxury hospitality services provided by Rovos Rail and the Blue Train and Steam Train Operators to the rail network.

In terms of this phase of the project, third-party slot access will be valid for a two-year period with a contracting period of 24 months in terms of which the parties will enter into a Third-Party Access Agreement for the period.

This first phase will also provide key insights as inputs to the development of a robust policy implementation framework.

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