Gautrain suspends service on Rosebank-Sandton route

2015-06-17 17:03
(Zulfa Petersen, News24)

(Zulfa Petersen, News24)

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Johannesburg - The Gautrain's service between Rosebank and Sandton was suspended on Wednesday due to a damaged point, the spokesperson for the high-speed link between Johannesburg and Pretoria confirmed.

"Basically we have a problem with one set of points between Sandton and Rosebank, which meant we could not operate," said Ian Findlay.

A point is the place on the tracks where the rails can be moved to allow a train to change tracks. 

"When technicians got on site, they discovered that the points have to be replaced,'' Findlay said.

The company was trying to bring in as many buses as possible to transport people between Rosebank and Sandton.

Trains were running between Park Station and Rosebank, and on the Sandton to Pretoria route, so commuters needed to change to a bus and then get back on to the train for the rest of their journey.

A works train is required to carry the new points into the tunnel for technicians to repair the tracks.

"Without us being able to do that we can't operate. It's not safe," said Findlay.

The service should back to normal by Thursday morning.

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