Metrorail counts cost of Cape Town arson attacks

2016-04-11 17:02
A Metrorail train comes to a standstill before reaching Cape Town station. (Image: Adiel Ismail)

A Metrorail train comes to a standstill before reaching Cape Town station. (Image: Adiel Ismail)

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Cape Town – While commuters dealt with delays caused by arson attacks at Cape Town train station over the weekend, officials were on site to tally the extent of the loss.

Although Metrorail did not yet have a figure, similar incidents in the past had totalled several million rands, said regional spokesperson Riana Scott.

She said the relevant officials would assess the extent of the damage, the type of carriage, the model of the train and its state at the time of the loss.

"It is not just the cost of the damage. The bigger dilemma is how soon these carriages can be repaired and returned to service.

"Until they are, thousands of commuters have to use other, already overfull trains."

A train accommodated between 800 and 2 000 commuters, depending on the number of carriages and its configuration.

Ten carriages were destroyed in an arson attack on Saturday night.

Technical teams worked around the clock to repair as much damaged infrastructure as they could ahead of Monday's peak service.

Five platforms at the station were temporarily out of commission while repairs were conducted.

She said delays of up to 60 minutes could be expected.

According to the provincial Metrorail Twitter account, several morning and afternoon peak trains on different lines were cancelled on Monday.

Regional manager Richard Walker condemned the arson.

He said the sabotage robbed commuters of a reliable, safe and convenient rail service. It also compromised a modernisation process.

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