Controlled access on BRT system bridge

Issue 4 2022 Products & Solutions

The Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) System is a fast, comfortable and low-cost urban transport system that played a major role in making the venue for 2010 World Cup accessible to spectators, and projecting a positive image of our cities. Section 8 of the Johannesburg BRT system, known as Rea Vaya, links central Johannesburg, Sandton and Alexandra.

Turnstar was commissioned by the City of Johannesburg to manufacture and install eight hydraulic automatic barriers – four on the Sandton side and four on the Wynberg side – at the flagship Alexandra to Sandton bridge. The complete bridge project included a new bridge and related construction, which allows for faster travel and less congested traffic in this area.

The multi-million-Rand bridge connection project required bollards at the entrance of the bridge to prevent general public access while still allowing seamless access for BRT vehicles. The 275 mm diameter fully-retractable hydraulic bollards are 800 mm high and are manufactured from 304 grade brushed stainless steel.

“Vandal-proof fixings were used for the bollard mounting, and the electronic control panels were neatly installed in custom-manufactured traffic lights beside each lane of bollards. Together, these elements ensure that the system provides the buses with rapid access, allowing them to maintain the stringent timetables,” says Craig Sacks, CEO of Turnstar.

The bollards are low-maintenance and quick and easy access is provided to the hydraulic drive unit and piston to ensure minimised disruption. All bollards are tested to ensure heavy-duty performance and extended longevity.


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