Gautrain services hit by cable theft

2014-10-02 09:01

There were delays in the Gautrain train service between Hatfield and Park stations this morning due to cable theft.

Errol Braithwaite, spokesperson for the operator, Bombela Concession Company, said the delays on the north-south line were caused by about 300m of signalling cable being stolen in the Snake Valley area near Pretoria.

The thieves broke through the reserve fence and forced open a locked manhole cover early this morning.

“Train services between Sandton and the airport are not affected,” Braithwaite said.

“Technicians are repairing the damage and we hope to have trains running at full speed again by about 8am.”

This was the second incident of cable theft in the last three years that has caused train delays.

“In 2012 we implemented significantly increased security measures in identified ‘hot spot’ areas. These include rapid-reaction motorbike patrols, dog units and additional guards,” Braithwaite said.

“Since then, numerous incidents of attempted theft have been foiled and some arrests have been made. Unfortunately, along with most other utilities, the Gautrain does remain a target.”

Bombela called on the relevant authorities to intensify the battle against cable theft through the Second Hand Goods Act and increased crime intelligence.

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