Not yet clear when Cape Town trains will be fully back on track

2016-11-28 17:17
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Cape Town – It is not yet clear when work to completely restore Cape Town train services will be completed.

Delays of between 50 minutes to an hour were experienced by commuters on Monday as Metrorail continued with repairs following the shutdown of the train service on Sunday.

Extensive damage by vandals on Saturday affected the safe operation of trains.

On Monday afternoon, regional Metrorail spokesperson Riana Scott said it was not yet clear when repairs would be completed or when train services would return to normal.

Metrorail regional manager Richard Walker explained that Sunday's suspension of rail operations was to permit urgent repairs.

The damaged equipment belongs to Neotel, is maintained by Transnet and is used by Metrorail.

"The vandalism was a criminal act perpetrated by criminals with total disregard for the safe operation of trains and the safety of passengers. We suspended the service in the interest of passenger safety," Walker explained.

The shutdown allowed Transnet's technical teams to do the necessary repair work, while Metrorail employees worked alongside them to try and enable work to be completed as soon as possible.

By Sunday, a measure of service had been restored, but further repairs were still underway.

A number of trains had been cancelled as a result.
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