Cable theft causes major delay for Shosholoza Meyl trains

2015-10-24 20:57


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Johannesburg - About 90 passengers were forced to commute via buses after cable theft caused two long-distance Shosoloza Meyl trains to stop in their tracks near Beaufort West in the Western Cape, the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) said.

The overhead cables were stolen 03:40 Prasa spokesperson Lesedi Mapheto said.

One train was coming from Queenstown to Johannesburg and the second train was coming from Johannesburg to Cape Town.

Mapheto said the theft of the cables, disrupted the two trains and caused them to come to a halt. During the theft, other cables had fallen onto the railway line.

Engineers and electricians on site took about 10 hours to remove the high-voltage cables.

Mapheto said buses were brought in to provide alternative transport to most of the commuters. The only passengers that stayed were those who had booked sleeper coaches.

By 14:00 the railway line had been cleared he said.

"We apologise to our commuters for the inconvenience caused.

"When a cable has been stolen or hacked, it is outside Prasa's scope of operation and we have to rely on the engineers to attend to the problem and allow us a safe passage."



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