Prasa to lay on 11 trains for Chan opening games

2014-01-06 16:49

Eleven trains will be set aside to transport soccer fans to the opening matches of the African Nations Champions (Chan) in Cape Town, says the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa).

“With the start of ... Chan 2014 South Africa set to kick off at Cape Town Stadium on Saturday, January 11, Prasa, through its operator Metrorail, is ready to take fans to the games,” the rail operator said in a statement today.

The group A fixtures will be played on Saturday with South Africa facing Mozambique and Nigeria playing Mali. Prasa expects a large number of fans to use trains to get to these games.

Each of the 11 trains set aside for Saturday can carry about 1 200 people and will deliver fans in time for the 6pm kickoff.

“As a gesture of support to the fans, Prasa head office, through Metrorail, will offer a free return train ride to all valid match-day ticket holders only,” Prasa said.

“Ticket holders are urged to hold onto their ticket for the return leg of the trip or pay a R40 fare.”

Security and operational plans will continue as normal to ensure that daily travellers and soccer fans travelled safely and securely.

Prasa CEO Mosenngwa Mofi said: “Our main aim is to demonstrate, through our Metrorail operations, the importance of rail as the backbone for public transport through its ability to carry much larger numbers of commuters.

“In addition, we want to demonstrate that rail is not only a weekday mode of transportation but a vital part of our leisure travel.”

This was why Prasa was working hard to improve its service through various technical and station improvement programmes, he added.

Apart from providing extra trains, Prasa will also provide bus transport through its Autopax bus subsidiary for games where Metrorail trains will not be running.

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