Railing against station

2017-12-12 06:01
Kenilworth station is reportedly left uncleaned

Kenilworth station is reportedly left uncleaned

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Residents from Chesterton in Kenilworth are frustrated with undesirable conditions at the train station, following numerous failed attempts to address their concerns with officials.

They complain about filth and a lack of lighting.

Resident Tarryn George says littering and filth have been problems there for years and attempts to get Metrorail to provide a sustainable cleaning system at the station have been fruitless. She says cleaners only sweep the floor and leave dirt on the rails and around the platform. She says Metrorail cleans the area once in a while but leaves it to get filthy again for a long period of time, forcing residents living nearby to clean up themselves.

According to her, the state of the station affects local businesses and is undesirable to visitors.

“We use the station, we have visitors who travel from outside Kenilworth and it is a shame to bring them to this view. We are close to the station so it is not easy to forget about the garbage. My boyfriend saw rats there [on Thursday 7 December] and we are afraid they will spread to our houses.

“We have tried to address our concerns with Metrorail but up to date nothing has happened,” George says.

She says the situation has worsened since May due to the lack of lighting. George claims muggers take advantage of the darkness to attack pedestrians crossing the bridge. She believes this type of robbery is spreading in the area, making it unsafe to walk in the area of the station in the evenings and the early hours of the morning.

One of the residents who also tried to get officials to solve the issues, Daniel Smith, says he eventually left the area, fearing for the safety of his family.

“It certainly contributed to us leaving. The lights are also always broken and they take months to fix anything. The station public address system is also always a problem, [making] erratic volumes,” he says. “Metrorail do cleanups every few months but the ongoing maintenance, cleaning and security are terrible. The station guys claim only the platform is their responsibility and that the adjacent land belongs to another Metrorail department and is not really their problem, [which is] a bit ridiculous.”

Metrorail site manager David Ntloko says they have been trying to maintain the station and have had a cleanup campaign to show residents that they are doing what they can to keep it safe and clean.

He lays most of the problems at the feet of the City of Cape Town.

“The light on the footbridge is the City’s responsibility; it has been off for months. Anything outside the platform or the rails belongs to the City.

“If residents have complaints, they should contact us directly so we can find ways of attending to the matter if it is our responsibility,” Ntloko says.

By the time of going to print the City’s representatives had not yet commented.

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