The Railway Safety Regulator has issued Metrorail with an improvement directive regarding the poor condition of track infrastructure between Cape Town station and Woodstock, it said yesterday.
'Due to the poor condition of the track, a 15km/h speed restriction was imposed with immediate effect on all the main lines into Cape Town station,' the regulator said.
This was until the infrastructure, in the vicinity of the Christiaan Barnard overpass, had been refurbished to its original design specifications.
The directive was issued on March 13.
'Furthermore, Metrorail is required to provide the RSR with a comprehensive corrective action project plan by April 18which will show how Metrorail intends repairing the track infrastructure,' the regulator said.
'The defects include rotten sleepers, missing bolts, worn and cracked turnout components, and general track geometry.'
Another directive was issued to Metrorail relating to the track condition on the east and west sides of Bellville station. 'Both the east and west sides outside Bellville station were found to have similar defects.
'Should the Passenger Rail Agency of SA not comply with these directives, the RSR will consider imposing penalties and closing the worst-affected lines until the risks have been eliminated,' it warned.