Blade promises a better rail service

2018-11-01 06:02
Clifford Sitonga at the Transport Imbizo held in Khayelitsha.      PHOTO: SIYABONGA KALIPA

Clifford Sitonga at the Transport Imbizo held in Khayelitsha. PHOTO: SIYABONGA KALIPA

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After the recent spate of attacks and arson on Cape Town trains, transport minister Blade Nzimande, has promised commuters new trains.

Nzimande held a Transport Imbizo in Khayelitsha on Saturday to address public transport issues.

He said new trains will be built so that more trains operate, as a means to accommodate more commuters.

Nzimande also said a new Rail Enforcement Unit will be in place to fighting crime and the torching of trains.

He said those were some of the measures they will put in place to try and fix Metrorail.

He said that Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) also has some infrastructure improvements in place to ensure a safe and reliable train service.

“We are concerned about the state of the public transport,” he said.

He urged the community to work together with government to bring criminals to book.

Resident Khaya Xintolo said politicians only come to them to make promises before the elections.

He said they have been having problems with transportation for a long time and nothing was ever done.

“We get attacked on trains all the time ... Trains are always delayed, nothing is ever going to change,” he said.

He added that people loose their jobs because they are never on time at work.

Mzukisi Bobani said he had stopped taking the train a long time ago, because it is unsafe and they are never on time.

However, her preferred the train because it is a cheaper mode of transport, the service notwithstanding.

According to him, problems started after Prasa took over from Metrorail.

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