Metrorail warns of delays in Gauteng, Cape Town

2016-04-12 07:55
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 - Metrorail has warned that train services between Pretoria and Johannesburg and in Cape Town are running late, following protest action at Tembisa, and due to damage caused by a weekend arson attack at Cape Town Station, in which two trains were set alight.

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The Pretoria to Johannesburg line was reopened after 07:00 on Tuesday after it was disrupted due to "violent civil unrest" at Oakmoor, Metrorail Gauteng said. It had earlier advised commuters to seek alternative transport.

"The Pretoria/Joburg line has been opened and trains are now safely running behind schedule. Thanking commuters for their understanding," Metrorail later tweeted.

Meanwhile, Metrorail said Platforms 11 and 12 at Cape Town Station are still out of service following the fire. They received the most significant damage and will remain closed until a report is received from structural engineers.

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However, Platforms 8-10 were reopened on Monday after technicians worked around the clock to restore full functionality, Metrorail said.

Officials were on site to determine the extent of the loss on Monday, with Metrorail expecting the figure to run into several million rands.

A number of trains in Cape Town have been cancelled, mostly on the Northern line.

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