Maradona responded to critics after the match, having come under fire for most of the qualifying campaign since taking charge a year ago as Argentina's manager.
The Gautrain is a New Transport Project undertaken by South Africa of a Rapid Rail System travelling between OR Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg & Tshwane (Pretoria). The New Rapid Rail is expected to reach maximum speeds of 160 to 180 km/h. It is being developed to decrease traffic congestion between Johannesburg and Pretoria on both the M1 and N1. The Gautrain is targeting existing motorists in Gauteng who travel between Johannesburg and Pretoria. It is also targeting all passengers travelling to and from OR Tambo International.
The two main routes planned for the Gautrain is the South-North Route starting from Park Station JHB going to Hatfield Station in Pretoria. The East-West Route will start in Sandton going via Marlboro towards the OR Tambo International Airport. The East West Route which runs from Oliver Tambo International Airport via Rhodesfield & Marlboro Stations to Sandton Station is expected to be ready for use by the 2010 FIFA World Cup and the full Gautrain Route is expected tgo be running by March 2011. (Route Map Below)
There are 10 stations covering an 80 km route. The Stations include
Park Station, Rosebank, Sandton, Marlboro, Midrand, Centurion & Hatfield on The South to North Line and Sandton, Marlboro, Rhodefield and Oliver Tambo International Airport on the East to West Line including an Express Non-Stop Service from Sandton to Oliver Tambo International Airport expected to be about 15 minutes. Marlboro will serve as the link station between the 2 different Gautrain Routes. The total time between Park Station and Hatfield on the North-South Route will be 42 minutes including all stops. (Artists Impression of OR Tambo International Airport Station)
There will be 24 separate 4-car trains. The 2 forward cars on the Airport Rail Service will have fewer seats but more space for baggage storage. After the initial phase trains will be increased to 8-car train sets. Trains will be operated every 12 minutes during peak periods at each station and will be stopped for 45 seconds at each station. There will be tight security to ensure a safe journey for all passengers.
All stations will have Buses for feeder distribution linked to Gautrain times at each station for passengers to reach their exact destination. Park & Ride Facilities will also be provided at each station for up to 10000 cars. Gautrain’s Dedicated Bus Link with a fleet of 125 gold luxury buses will assist passengers using the Gautrain to enjoy a door to door service. The New Rea Vaya Bus Rapid Transit system will also work in collaboration with the Gautrain.
Electronic Smart Card tickets which are easily accessible at self help vending machines, will allow passengers to use for Train Trips, as well as Feeder Bus Services and Parking Bays. The pricing for using the Gautrain will be finalised by December 15 2009.
2010 STADIUM UPDATE
I recieved an email from Ebie Kop End. Here are some pics on how the stadiums are shaping up
Soccer City near Soweto, Johannesburg
Moses Mabhida stadium in Durban
Green Point Stadium in Cape Town
Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane
Nelson Mandela Bay stadium in Port Elizabeth
Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit