Long-distance trains cancelled over snow

2012-08-08 19:01

Johannesburg - Long-distance passenger trains between Durban and Johannesburg were cancelled on Wednesday due to snow covering rail lines, the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) said.

"Trains affected included two Shosholoza Meyl trains scheduled to depart from Johannesburg and another train departing from Durban on Wednesday," Prasa spokesperson Lawrence Venkile said.

He said alternative transport arrangements for Wednesday would not be arranged as the roads to these provinces were also closed.

"Customers in possession of train tickets are advised to visit their nearest Shosholoza Meyl office to enquire on the status of their bookings or change their reservations," Venkile said.

  • stanton.clarke - 2012-08-08 19:23

    Geez, sounds like Europe in winter.

  • des.cider - 2012-08-08 19:51

    Trains still run in Europe and America most of the time when it snows. In fact, they are the most reliable form of transport in many countries. Maybe we can run our trains along future toll roads and convert our rail tracks into high-speed bicycle lanes...

      Lennon Chenga - 2012-08-08 19:57

      It would not be wise to build our systems around European standards since we don't usually experience this type of weather.

      grant.callaway.50 - 2012-08-09 15:24

      I'm in London, and they stop trains for EVERYTHING. If there's snow, they even cancel flights!! Trains stop because of "leaves on the tracks", and signal failures (usually a light out) can take days to sort out! Trust me, England at least, does not cope at all well with weather...

  • mbonyathi - 2012-08-08 20:27

    Its does the track get slippery?

  • trevor.pietersen.3 - 2012-08-08 21:49

    don't THEY...know salt melts snow???

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