Moves to get icon back on track

The Apple Express could soon return to service. Picture by: MIKE HOLMES
The Apple Express could soon return to service. Picture by: MIKE HOLMES

NELSON Mandela Bay’s much-loved Apple Express steam train could be up and running by the end of the year, if the municipality has its way.

The city is pushing hard to draw up a compelling business plan that will convince Transnet to reopen the line linking the city centre and the Baywest shopping mall, which is expected to open next month.

Metro economic development, agriculture and tourism head Anele Qaba said his department would contribute a significant portion of its budget towards that business plan.

The municipality will be working with the Apple Express non-profit company to fund the business plan, which is based on a feasibility study completed last year.

The study found that reviving the Apple Express would require a considerable investment from Transnet.

The tourism landmark has not been operational for the past four years because of a combination of financial and infrastructure issues.

-Rochelle de Kock

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