Safety operation yields positive results

2019-03-12 06:01

Over 61 vagrants were removed from the Metrorail operating precincts and 29 structures dismantled in Salt River and Observatory last week.

This comes after Metrorail, the City of Cape Town and the Western Cape provincial government went on an operation around the City’s train stations to inspect the premises.

The Rail Enforcement Unit (REU) inspected 70 hotspot areas and scrapyards in the areas where the vagrants were removed and 29 structures dismantled.

Metrorail regional manager Richard Walker said aspirant cable thieves and vandals should take note of regular arrests and successful convictions as well as the suspended sentences imposed.

“Theft and vandalism in the rail environment are becoming increasingly less attractive options.

“Every success is incentive for our teams to do more,” he said.

Mayco member for Transport Felicity Purchase said the City cannot overstate the importance of Prasa’s refurbishment programme and the investment on the REU, which is focusing on the safety and security of commuters and the rail infrastructure.

On Thursday and Friday, the City presented the Far South Transport Plan to residents so that they can comment on short and long-term interventions to alleviate traffic congestion in the Far South.

“According to our assessments, there would be 2 300 fewer private vehicles on the main access routes in the peak-hour periods in the Far South if the passenger numbers could be doubled on the Southern rail line,” she said.

Criminal hotspots are being targeted and criminals apprehended, which makes it harder for crime to thrive within the rail network.

“Our collective efforts, through the REU and other Metrorail security efforts, are making a noticeable difference in restoring law and order in the network, and ridding it of crime,” chairperson of the Rail Management Task team Donald Grant said.

Grant further said that working together in addressing the pressing matter is needed.

“There is still a lot of work to do, but we are confident that the work already being done is a step in the right direction,” he concluded.

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