Signalling danger on Bridge City railway link

2014-01-23 00:00

THE Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) has ordered more tests after the Bridge City railway line link experienced signalling problems that could pose safety risks to commuters.

The rail link was to have started operating at the beginning of the year from Bridge City station to Duff’s Road station. But tests in December showed that several issues first had to be resolved to ensure the safety of commuters.

In a statement, Prasa chief executive officer Lucky Montana said Prasa will continue with tests this month and introduce limited services from Bridge City station to Durban.

“Once we are satisfied with the safety aspects of the system, we will then roll out the service in full.

“The roll out of the service will however be dependent on whether the outstanding matters have been satisfactorily addressed,” Montana said.

He urged commuters to be patient because their safety on the trains was of utmost importance.

“I have requested the contractor to address the outstanding matters expeditiously and thoroughly so that commuters who need the service the most can start using it.”

The 3,5 km rail link forms part of the R1,3 billion Bridge City and rail precinct, which connects Inanda, Ntuzuma and kwaMashu to Durban. Through the Bridge City project Prasa invested in various infrastructure projects where it integrated all forms of public transport into one transport hub.

Prasa had earlier stated the rail way line will connect directly to the newly developed shopping centre, which also has bus and taxi interchange hub.

“Bridge City will make it a convenient station for commuters travelling by public transport, particularly by train to be able to shop above the station at the Bridge City Shopping Mall and then simply go downwards to the platform level to catch a train back to their destination,” the public utility said.

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