Metrorail warns of 2 hour delays in Cape Town after vandalism

2016-04-19 07:27
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Cape Town - Metrorail has warned of delays of up to two hours on services in Cape Town on Tuesday morning due to vandalised equipment.

This comes as Cape Town train commuters have faced over a week of delays and cancellations due to arson and vandalism.

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Metrorail has called the vandalism acts of sabotage, and has previously suggested that those behind the arson attacks are illegal strikers.

"Anticipated delays of 120+ minutes can be expected on ALL LINES due to vandalised signalling equipment," Metrorail advised on Tuesday morning.

In addition, trains on the Central Line will terminate at Nyanga due to protest action between Lentegeur and Philippi.

Metrorail advised commuters to make use of alternative transport.

On Monday, SA police, Metrorail Protection Services and other law enforcement officials were on high alert after a train was set alight in Kraaifontein and another three carriages were set alight at the Esplanade Station on Friday. This came after a pair of adjoining trains were set alight at Cape Town the previous weekend, causing transport chaos in the city.

Meanwhile, the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry has warned that Metrorail is nearing collapse and emergency measures were needed to "save the system" that carried more people to work in Cape Town than any other form of public transport.

"We have a state of civic emergency on our hands and we must take tough and necessary measures before we lose the backbone of public transport in Cape Town," Chamber president Janine Myburgh said.

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