Vandalism stalls trains on Cape Town's northern line

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  • Vandalism to railway infrastructure has seen a number of Cape Town trains cancelled.
  • Metrorail said repairs were taking place on the northern line, between Kraaifontein and Wellington.
  • It is unclear how long the repairs will take to complete.


Vandalism to railway infrastructure in Cape Town has caused the cancellation of several trains, as Metrorail deploys service providers to carry out repairs.

The northern line has been affected, with repairs taking place between Wellington and Kraaifontein.

Acting Metrorail spokesperson Nana Zenani said:

The Wellington line is experiencing equipment failure, which is currently being addressed. Pilot working was established, meaning specialised work to fix the electricals in the area.

"This is as a result of severe vandalism which had stripped the area of essential safety equipment."

The vandalism comes only weeks after Metrorail announced the arrest of 26 people over a two-week period for various crimes, including malicious damage to property. In response to crime around the rail network, Metrorail said its Western Cape security team was developing partnerships with communities to combat the theft and vandalism of Prasa assets.

READ | 26 suspects in the Western Cape arrested for various crimes, says Metrorail

The train lines were now occupied by service providers and resulted in only a single line being operational.

This has "necessitated the cancellation" of several services.

Between Wellington and Kraaifontein, the T3502, T3504, T3508, T3512, T3516 and T3518 trains have been cancelled. Between Kraaifontein and Cape Town, the T3501, T3505, T3507, T3511, T3513 and T3517 trains have been cancelled.

"This is an indefinite arrangement until the works are completed," said Zenani.

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