Unsafe railway footbridge sparks community concern

2018-11-22 06:01
PHOTO: andile sitholeCouncillor Johnson Chetty inspects the damage.

PHOTO: andile sitholeCouncillor Johnson Chetty inspects the damage.

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TRAIN commuters and residents near the Verulam railway footbridge have urged officials to conduct an urgent inspection of the bridge. Train commuters who use the bridge to go to the train station when going to work said the bridge is a disaster waiting to happen as it is falling apart.

Sihle Mlambo, who works at a factory in Lotusville and crosses the bridge daily, said that over the years the concrete slabs of the bridge have been falling apart.

“It is dangerous for people to use this bridge. The concrete is cracked on both sides. We need officials to take action,”Mlambo said.

On Tuesday, November 13, ward councillor Johnson Chetty visited the area and had a first-hand experience of what the pedestrians have to go through daily.

He noted that the railway bridge between Todd and Garland Street in Verulam is a potential hazard to the hundreds of pedestrians who use this facility daily.

Chetty said: “The bridge has not been inspected for ages. No maintenance had been carried out, yet the bridge is an essential component. This is a poor indictment of state owned entity Prasa.

“Government has an obligation to its people to ensure that facilities for the public are safe at all times.

“I have lodged an official complaint with the manager at Prasa. I have been informed that steps will be taken to rectify the defective bridge. I am hoping that it will be soon, before someone gets seriously injured or killed.”

Prasa manager Jackie Letsatsi confirmed that they had received an e-mail from Chetty and promised to send it to the relevant departments.

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