Safety important part of World Cup transport
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The South Africa Department of Transport has unveiled two major advances in rail and road transport which will help to ensure the successful and safe movement of fans during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™.

2010 FIFA World Cup Organising Committee South Africa CEO Dr Danny Jordaan was present when the department presented the prototype of a fleet of over 500 new luxury buses, which will transport fans between host cities next year.

New mobile police train coaches, also revealed for the first time today, will help to ensure that rail commuters are safe during the tournament.

The bus and coach were part of the national launch of October Transport Month held at Africa's second largest train stop - Park Station in Johannesburg.

They are part of the South African government's R13.6 billion investment for the upgrade of transport systems ahead for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Department of Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele said that advancements like these in transport infrastructure would be delivered on time for the tournament.

"To Dr Jordaan I say when it comes to 2010, transport will be number one to ensure that we deliver a first class World Cup," he said.

The projects also strongly reflect the theme for Transport Month in South Africa - Safety in all modes of transport: systems readiness for 2010, Minister of Police Mr Nathi Mthethwa said.

Mthethwa said the department was committed to everything in its power to ensure that visitors to South Africa next year would be able to commute around the country and to matches safely and had launched campaigns across the country to ensure that this happened - including the mobile police station coach initiative.

"The aim of designing the coach was to facilitate the arrest and charging of criminals on board instead of waiting the long distances until the train reaches the next station on a long distance route."

The coach is equipped with a charge office for commuters to lay a charge, a holding cell for females and males separately, a safe for locking up firearms and dockets and a sleeping compartment for officers.