'Train shuttle' introduced as Metrorail repairs continue for third day

2016-11-29 10:00
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Cape Town – A "train shuttle" and auxiliary bus service will operate on Tuesday as repairs to Metrorail's vandalised equipment go into a third day.

Trains will operate between specific stations, whereafter commuters will have to switch to another platform to continue their trip as a number of lines have not yet been authorised to operate.

Delays of more than an hour are expected and the shuttle method would be used until further notice.

Metrorail regional manager Richard Walker said the concept allows it to run trains at regular frequencies although it has fewer trains than its normal schedule.

"[It] has the advantage of providing greater predictability and reliability for commuters," he said.

Working around the clock

Technicians are working around the clock to restore the service, Walker said.

Extensive damage by vandals on Saturday affected the safe operation of trains, resulting in a complete shutdown of the service on Sunday.

By Monday morning, delays of up to an hour were experienced as repair work was carried out, while the afternoon service saw commuters wait more than two hours longer than usual.

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

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.

In addition, weekly and monthly ticket holders were allowed to use the Golden Arrow bus service after 08:00 between Plumstead and Cape Town, while a Prasa bus service was available between Plumstead and Cape Town after 09:00.

Walker appealed to the public to report vandals.

"Unless the public assists the police to bring the perpetrators to book, this type of sabotage will continue to impact the lives of hard working breadwinners adversely."

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