Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) Acting Group CEO Hisham Emeran has welcomed the massive call for for long-distance bus and teach products and services because the company gears up for vacation commute at more than a few intermodal stations.

Emeran mentioned the excessive quantity of passengers is a sign that vacation commute is step by step returning to pre-pandemic ranges.

“This is a big reduction for the industry given the devastating blow we had been handled right through the COVID-19 pandemic. This may be a sign of the significance of intermodal passenger commute.

“As a business, we aspire for our stations to be convenient integrated one-stop facilities for travel, shopping, while providing for fast-food restaurants for people on the go. We also hope that our customers enjoy the new improvements at our stations and the retail experience,” he mentioned.

During this season, between 200 000 and 300 000 folks transfer thru Park Station consistent with day, making it one of the crucial greatest and busiest stations at the continent.

“As a result, our intermodal stations, Park Station and Pretoria Station have ramped up their operational plans and improved terminal capacity to meet the pressure of the high volume of passengers especially in the last days leading-up to Christmas,” PRASA mentioned on Thursday.

In maintaining with the calls for for long-distance bus commute, Park Station has created a brand new terminus for 5 new bus operators, bringing the full choice of bus operators on the station to 24, whilst get entry to issues are being rehabilitated at Pretoria Station to relieve visitors congestion.

“The building up in passengers additionally supplies financial alternatives for casual buyers and porters. Park Station stays an important house to maintain the livelihoods and survival of the casual economic system.

“Thus, plans have been put in place to manage and support porters and informal traders while ensuring a safe environment for passengers and patrons,” PRASA mentioned.

Retail revel in

Park Station has welcomed extra shops for the ease of remaining minute buying groceries for travellers and most people.

“Patrons and travellers can also look forward to the festive look and feel of the station in celebration of Christmas and for their enjoyment. Visitors can also create meaningful Christmas memories as photo booths have been introduced at various parts of Park Station,” PRASA mentioned.

Other plans come with the upkeep and upkeep of amenities, and the set up of 8 logo new energy-efficient, high-tech, high-spec escalators at Park Station to make certain that travellers and buyers have a nice revel in.

Safety and safety

The security and safety of travellers and buyers stays a key precedence for PRASA.

“Our safety plans had been strengthened with an adjusted safety plan and extra sources to satisfy the extra travellers and their protection.

“Security announcements are being made to alert travellers to be vigilant. Lastly, our visible patrols are more frequent throughout the day and night,” PRASA Acting Head of Security Alexio Papadopulo mentioned.

The advent of the extra terminus for the brand new bus operators permit for a secure, managed and orderly house for passengers and the operators.

Long-distance passenger products and services

The company has additionally observed an enormous call for for its long-distance passenger products and services.