Booms gearing to roll over again

2019-07-23 06:25
Kenilworth train station booms are being fixed. PHOTO: TIYESE JERANJI

Kenilworth train station booms are being fixed. PHOTO: TIYESE JERANJI

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The booms at the Kenilworth Train Station that gave residents and motorists a lot of grief will be operating normally again by the end of next month if all goes according to plan.

The booms stopped working towards the end of last year and marshals had to be posted at the station to ensure safety as the train approaches (‘Disaster waiting to happen’, People’s Post, 14 May).

When People’s Post visited the station, last week, people were working on the booms and they said by next month the booms will be operating with no problem.

In a previous interview with Metrorail spokesperson Riana Scott, she said it had taken a lot of time to fix the booms because as a state-owned entity Passenger Railway Agency of South Africa (Prasa) and Metrorail must procure contractors compliant with treasury regulations and Prasa Supply Chain Policy. The anticipated lead time to procure material, installation, testing and commissioning was about three months.

However, all that has been sorted and Scott says the contractor is on-site and the construction has commenced.

“The technology will be similar to the Albertyn Road version, LED flashlights and four half arm booms with fibre for communication re-operated by a level crossing attendant unlike most other level crossings which are automatically activated on the approach of trains,” she says.

Scott added a time frame: “If all things go to plan the project would be completed by end August.”

Mandy-Lynn Mott, a community activist from Unite Behind, a civil society of organisations that organise and mobilise together around common campaigns and local struggles, says they saw last week that work was being done and they are happy.

“We hope it will be operating soon like they mentioned and not only by the end of the year.

“We are also pleased that there won’t be pedestrians crossing there anymore, everyone will have to go through the subway, making it safe for everyone,” she says, adding that they are all for the fact that no pedestrian will be on the tracks and the waiting time at the station will be reduced.


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