Crossing opened

2017-02-21 06:00
The level crossing at Albertyn Road has reopened to traffic and is being manned by flagmen.PHOTO: nicole mccain

The level crossing at Albertyn Road has reopened to traffic and is being manned by flagmen.PHOTO: nicole mccain

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The Albertyn Road level crossing has been re-opened to traffic.

The crossing was closed to repair “major damage” caused when a truck struck the level-crossing boom at the intersection in Muizenberg last month.

According to a statement by Metrorail regional manager Richard Walker, this caused major damage to relay rooms at Muizenberg, Fish Hoek and Retreat.

“When the truck hit the boom, it caused the boom to touch the overhead electrical wires that resulted in 3000 volts of fault current being delivered to the signalling equipment housed in the relay rooms.”

Metrorail had to implement manual operations and authorisations of trains between Fish Hoek and Retreat.

The crossing was opened on Saturday and will operate between 06:00 and 18:00 for the next few weeks, confirms Muizenberg Improvement District (MID) manager Chevone Petersen.

MID will also make two public safety officers available to help with traffic congestion in the area, Petersen adds. It is hoped the crossing will be open 24/7 in a few weeks, Petersen says.

The delay of the opening has caused some frustration among residents, with various dates given for the re-opening.

Earlier this month, the City of Cape Town held discussions with Prasa to get an idea of the time they needed to repair the crossing at Albertyn Road and the other level crossings, explains Brett Herron, Mayco member for transport and urban development.

“In response to our concerns regarding traffic accommodation [and] the need for temporary deviation signage, Prasa indicated that following a safety/risk inspection and addressing some key requirements they would open the crossing on Friday (10 February).

The City was then informed the level crossing would then open on Tuesday 14 February, with control managed by flagmen, Herron says.

Petersen says: “MID has been in discussion with Prasa since the accident. I don’t think residents understand quite how severe the damage is.”

There has been significant damage to infrastructre, and parts will need to be imported, explains Petersen.

In addition, the work need to repair the line is expected to take some time, she says.

It is expected that the Albertyn Road level crossing will only be fully repaired by September, Herron adds.

Walker says the service is expected to be restored six or eight months’ time.

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