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Western Cape boost train security

2012-06-14 11:13

Cape Town - Western Cape train security has been beefed up with 100 extra guards on duty from this month, Metrorail said on Thursday.

Spokesperson Riana Scott said the new security contingent was in addition to 100 Metrorail protection services officials who recently took up posts.

The boosted security formed part of a plan to address key commuter concerns.

Metrorail CEO Mosenngwa Mofi said an action plan launched this week would improve operational efficiency and reliability.

"The ageing infrastructure, resulting from underinvestment over the last 30 years, alongside theft and vandalism of safety critical assets, are the key drivers of delays and cancellations," he said.

The province had budgeted R263m for changes.

A total of R130m had been budgeted for infrastructure replacement and rehabilitation.
Philippi, Langa, Heideveld and Athlone stations would be upgraded at a cost of R124m.

About R9m would be spent on fencing critical areas around railways.

Comments
  • lydonmcg - 2012-06-14 11:41

    Good move. May this be the start of a major turnaround!

  • alrich.coetzee - 2012-06-15 08:00

    These gaurd are a myth! Not visible on the train at all!

  • Space.Freak.ZA - 2012-08-10 09:39

    Very true, this is will only effect major points like Cape Town I would imagine. Haven't seen any on the northern line and I'm on there every single day.... Especially considering how people have gotten themselves hurt and robbed on this line! Even with complaining to Metrorail themselves - little to nothing has been done. The odd security once a month, really does nothing to deter anybody!

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