Power failure delays Gauteng trains

2013-02-25 09:05
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Johannesburg - Trains operating between Pretoria and Johannesburg have been delayed due to a power failure in Irene, east of Pretoria, on Monday morning.

The delays were "major" and up to 40 minutes long, said Metrorail Gauteng spokesperson Lillian Mofokeng.

She said the power failure resulted in signal panel malfunctioning.

On Sunday, train operations were also affected by cable damage in Fountains, outside Pretoria.

"Metrorail had expected to run a normal service but the cable damage and power failure are causing major train delays between Pretoria and Johannesburg," said Mofokeng.

"We appeal to both commuters and their employers to exercise patience while the technical teams are working around repairing the cable and restoring the power..."

Last week, there was a similar power failure in Irene which caused signal panel failures in Centurion.

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