Metrorail confident that it can improve functionality

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Cape Town - 180727 - Minister of Transport, Dr Blade Nzimande, will have a walk-about at the Paarden Eiland Deport in Cape Town to view damages to the PRASA infrastructure sustained during various arson attacks on Metrorail trains in Cape Town. Photo: Armand Hough / African News Agency (ANA)

Metrorail is confident that that the launch of the new Bellville Rail Management and Control Centre will improve the overall functionality of Cape Town trains.

Acting Regional Manager for Metrorail Cape Town, Raymond Maseko says the centre would now enable them to monitor all trains from its starting destination.

It will also provide teams to relook and manage the train times should there be delays. Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula launched the Bellville Rail Management and Control Centre on Friday. The centre cost R2-billion and comes following the launch of a similar one in Gauteng. In the last few years, the central line has been plagued by vandalism, arson, cable theft, all negatively impacting the service.

Acting Regional Manager for Metrorail Cape Town, Raymond Maseko…

Meanwhile, train commuters have once again been left stranded after Metrorail temporarily
suspended services on its southern, Cape Flats and northern lines due to technical challenges.

Over the years, Cape Town’s railway system has been plagued with vandalism, arson and cable theft among others costing the railway millions of rands. Telecommunication problems have also been cited as the problem on the Cape Flats line.

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