Gauteng train services disrupted

2014-06-06 12:58
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Johannesburg - Train services in Gauteng were disrupted on Friday due to damaged power cables, Metrorail said.

"Metrorail would like to inform employers of this delay while an appeal is extended to commuters, where possible in the affected area, to seek alternative transport," spokesperson Lillian Mofokeng said in a statement.

Train services in the west of Johannesburg between Naledi and Inhlanzane Stations had been severely affected due to a "panto hook-up" which happened around 04:00 on Friday and damaged overhead power cables.

A train at the Gasmere Station damaged the overhead cables and caused the closure of one line between Lawley and Residensia stations.

"At the moment, a single line method has been introduced at the affected stations and train delays of up to 60 minutes are expected," said Mofokeng.

Other trains, including those in Vereeniging and in the northern part of Gauteng between Pretoria North and Mountain View, were also expected to run behind schedule due to the single line working method.

"The technical team is working around the clock to repair the damaged cables to restore the service. Metrorail sincerely apologises to all its customers for the inconvenience caused by this unfortunate incident," said Mofokeng.
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