Trains torched at Cape Town station, delays expected

2015-10-20 08:55

Cape Town - Two trains were torched at Cape Town station in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

- Are you there or are you affected? Send us your eyewitness accounts and photos.

City of Cape Town Fire and Rescue Services spokesperson Theo Layne told News24 that the fire department was called out at around 02:00 on Tuesday morning.

“Two trains were burnt on the platforms, and 10 coaches were damaged between the two trains,” Layne said.

“The exact cause of the blaze is still unknown and an investigation is under way.”

Layne said there were no injuries reported.

Clean-up operations would affect platforms 1 to 11, Metrorail said in a statement. A delay of between 40-60 minutes was expected on all lines.

Metrorail regional manager Richard Walker condemned the latest attack, labelling it ‘blatant’.

“This sets back our recovery programme by months and further depletes much-needed capacity for rail to meet customer demand. The latest loss brings the total number of carriages lost to fire this year to 20.”

Customers were also urged to make alternative transport arrangements until the service was full restored.

Last week, a train was set alight at Muizenberg station, News24 reported.

Three teenagers were arrested for starting the fire at Muizenberg train station. Three carriages were damaged in that incident.

Read more on:    metrorail  |  cape town  |  crime  |  transport

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.