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Ekurhuleni is set to reap the benefits of the World Cup as a number of train stations will receive a significant upgrade in order to cope with the event...

A number of train stations in Ekurhuleni are being revamped ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup to provide spectators with a first class service.

According to the city the stations are being improved in terms of lighting, ablution facilities, platform resurfacing and sustained power supply.

“Commuters will enjoy a first class service as the trains will be allocated a client services supervisor and personnel, as well as 12 protection and security personnel per train,” municipal spokesperson Zweli Dlamini told BuaNews.

"The security personnel will also be equipped with first aid kits and communication tools."

He said the revamping of the train stations is part of the 2010 legacy project as local residents will continue to use the stations long after the World Cup has passed.

“This also augurs well for the tourism industry as the region will be able to offer a variety of transport modes that can be used to move from one point to another,” he continued.

According to Dlamini, the Germiston, Oakmoor, Tembisa, Isando, Kempton Park and Rhodesfield stations will have dedicated soccer trains to carry fans to the stadiums in Johannesburg and Pretoria during the month-long tournament.

The Rhodesfield station will boost the national flagship transport project, the Gautrain.

The refurbishing of trains and renovation of stations is in line with Transport Month, celebrated annually in October.

According to the city, they will celebrate the month by getting residents on board to benefit from the integrated transport services ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Peter Pedroncelli, Goal.com

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