Rail transport in South Africa will enter a new era with the completion of the Gautrain Rapid Rail Link. The project will provide safe, efficient and reliable domestic and Airport train services to commuters in Gauteng and will fulfil an important role in social regeneration and economic development. Following an international tender process, the Gauteng Provincial Government awarded the project to the Bombela Consortium consisting of Bombardier, Bouygues Travaux Publics, Murray & Roberts and Strategic Partners Group. The project is a public-private- partnership and as well as building the new railway, includes a 15 year operating and maintenance period. The operations will be led by RATP – operators of the Paris Metro.