Cable theft causes Gauteng train delays

2013-04-05 13:01
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Johannesburg - Cable theft and technical problems caused severe delays for Metrorail commuters between Pretoria and Johannesburg on Friday morning, the company said.

Over 55m of overhead power cable was stolen at Centurion; a faulty train broke the overhead wire at Kaalfontein; and a panto hook-up (the electrical connection at the top of a train) at Koedoespoort caused extensive damage to a feeder wire, cutting power on the Capital Park and Koedoespoort panels.

"All corridors in the north of Pretoria [were] badly affected with delays escalating to over 120 minutes, inconveniencing hundreds of commuters from all the corridors," Metrorail said.

Trains from Mamelodi to Pretoria via Capital Park and Rissik, as well as trains between Pretoria and Leralla, were affected.

Metrorail had introduced manual authorisation on affected corridors using single lines to ensure the safe movement of trains and to minimise service delays.

Commuters were requested to seek alternative transport arrangements as technical teams worked on the problem.

"We take the safety of our commuters very seriously and we condemn any acts of sabotage to the train service, and we plead with our commuters to bear with us while our technicians are addressing the problem," said provincial manager Tembela Kulu.

The company apologised for the inconvenience and asked for patience while the problems were fixed.

- SAPA

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