Train service could take months to be restored

2017-02-07 12:10
The level crossing in Muizenberg which has been closed.

The level crossing in Muizenberg which has been closed. (Nicole McCain)

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Train commuters traveling between Simon’s Town and Retreat may have to wait for several months before the Metrorail Service is restored.

According to a statement by Metrorail regional manager, Richard Walker, this is a result of an incident in January where a truck struck the level crossing boom at Albertyn Road in Muizenberg.

“This caused major damage to relay rooms at Muizenberg, Fish Hoek and Retreat. On the scene it was reported that a delivery truck struck the boom that caused the incident and resulted in the damage. 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 signaling equipment housed in the relay rooms.”

He says since 28 January, Metrorail has had to implement manual operations and authorisations of trains between Fish Hoek and Retreat.

Commuters traveling between Cape Town and Retreat have been advised to allow for an additional traveling time between 20 to 30 minutes. In addition, commuters traveling between Cape Town and Simon’s Town have been advised to allow for an additional traveling time between 40 to 60 minutes.

While trains will operate between Cape Town and Fish Hoek, a bus shuttle will operate between Fish Hoek and Simon’s Town.

Walker says the estimate time frame for the service to be restored is between six and eight months.

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