Bombardier Transportation in South Africa
Bombardier Transportation has been established in South Africa since 1995, supporting local industry with rolling stock, rail control solutions, product maintenance and services, as well as locomotive and commuter train refurbishment programs. Bombardier Transportation South Africa aims to invest in local manufacturing capacity, training and improving the skills development of local employees, while working with local suppliers to achieve these objectives.
Projects in South Africa
Bombardier has delivered a fleet of 96 state-of-the-art ELECTROSTAR vehicles, as well as providing 15 years of maintenance services together with our local Broad Based Black Empowerment partners. The majority of the 96 Gautrain vehicles underwent final assembly in South Africa. The ELECTROSTAR vehicles are designed for commuter operation and are capable of operating at speeds of up to 160 km/h. The system features the CITYFLO 250 train control technology. The Gautrain project created more than 8,200 local direct jobs, and an estimated 44,300 indirect jobs.
As leader of the consortium Bombardier Africa Alliance, Bombardier has implemented one of the largest conventional mainline re-signalling projects in South Africa. The consortium is delivering the globally-proven, state-of-the-art INTERFLO 200 rail control solution for the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA).
We are delivering 240 TRAXX locomotives for Transnet Freight Rail. Each locomotive is manufactured in South Africa, with final assembly taking place in Durban at Transnet Engineering’s facility. Bombardier’s factory in Isando, Johannesburg produces our leading-edge MITRAC high power propulsion equipment, the car bodies are produced by DCD in Boksburg, and the bogies are produced by Transnet Engineering in Durban.