Cape Town could get a direct rail link to its international airport as part of broad plans under consideration by the city councils transport portfolio committee, the Cape Argus reports. Other proposals include creating almost 200 km of cycle paths and re-introducing late-night trains. The project is in view of the 2010 FIFA world cup in South Africa, when the city could be one of the key match venues for the tournament.
The airport rail link proposal draws on plans originally presented in 2000 to connect the airport to the existing rail network, although ideas for a light railway system running alongside the N2 motorway linking the airport to the city centre are allegedly also under consideration. The cycle path would instead run along the R27 heading north along Table Bay and would be of particular benefit to residents of Tableview, who often have a long road commute into the central business district.
The plans are yet to be costed and it is not clear where the necessary funding will be found.