Metrorail down for a second morning in Cape Town

Cape Town’s busiest train corridor was out of service for a second morning on Tuesday after vandals crippled Metrorail over the weekend by destroying critical infrastructure.

Tens of thousands of commuters are expected to be diverted onto Cape Town’s congested roads during peak-hour traffic after Metrorail technicians were unable to fix damaged infrastructure on the Khayelitsha-Kapteinsklip-Bishop Lavis line.

A Metrorail statement sent out on Monday evening said that weekly and monthly train ticket holders may use Golden Arrow bus services from 08:30.

On Monday the ANC in the Western Cape said that 40% of Cape Town’s trains had been destroyed in mysterious arson attacks since 2015.

“ANC acknowledges that Metrorail in the Western Cape has lost up to 101 carriages to arson and vandalism since October 2015‚ resulting in Metrorail operating at 60% of its capacity‚” said ANC Western Cape provincial secretary Faiez Jacobs in a statement.

“ANC condemns these barbaric acts that compromise a critical service to our people and to our economy. Despite these challenges‚ Metrorail has had a good resolve to continue providing the services to the Western Cape residents‚” he said.

“ANC condemns these barbaric acts that compromise a critical service to our people and to our economy. Despite these challenges‚ Metrorail has had a good resolve to continue providing the services to the Western Cape residents‚” he said.

City of Cape Town mayoral committee member for transport and urban planning Brett Herron said he was not surprised by the collapse in Metrorail’s service.

According to Herron‚ in the past financial year Metrorail had lost 2.3-million passenger trips and those commuters had been diverted to the road network due to constant delays and overcrowded trains‚ some of which only use four carriages instead of 10.

“If you think about the number of trains that got burnt recently inside Cape Town station under guard by security guards‚ how does that happen? There is something really worrying about this pattern of a fleet that is being diminished and attacked‚” Herron said.

There have also been several incidents of trains derailing and crashing over the past two years.

By: By Aron Hyman -TimesLIVE

Source: TMG Digital.


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