Trains delayed after cable power failure

2014-10-17 08:34
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Johannesburg - Metrorail train services between Mamelodi and Capital Park in Pretoria were delayed on Friday morning after it was found that the overhead train cable did not have power.

"It is not a power failure in the area. The overhead cable does not have power, so there's no power connection with the cable on top to the actual train," Metrorail Gauteng spokesperson Lillian Mofokeng said in a statement.

"For the past hour the trains have been standing and there has been no movement."

She said many passengers were stranded, and appealed to employers to be patient while plans to transport passengers were made.

"[A] contingency plan has been activated by utilising a diesel locomotive to haul trains trapped in the sections without power at Capital Park and Mears Stations.

"In addition, a shuttle train service will be introduced between Eestefabrieke-Pretoria and Eestefabrieke-Hercules. Buses will complement the shuttle service from Eestefabrieke to Pretoria." Mofokeng said technicians were on site to investigate the cause and try and restore the power.

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