Metrorail reopens Cape Flats line

Metrorail's Cape Flats line has reopened five months after the national lockdown. Courtesy #DStv403

CAPE TOWN - Some relief for train passengers in Cape Town as Metrorail says it’s all systems go for the Cape flats line.

For five months, commuters from Heathfield, Athlone, Maitland and Huisendal have had to find alternative transport due to the lockdown.

Metrorail says after consulting widely and checking all necessary hygiene measures, it's decided to reopen the Cape Flats line train services.

“It has to coincide with the opening of the school, we were listening to a lot of social media requests from the community of the Western Cape, they sincerely requested this line and we are introducing it today, and we are hopeful that in the next two weeks we will introduce the Cape Town to Kraaifontein line," said Prasa Regional Manager Raymond Maseko.

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For commuters, it's been long overdue but there are still some concerns.

12 trains will now operate on weekdays from 6:15am until 7:15pm but, there's bad news for central line commuters.

Prasa isn't planning on reopening that service just yet.

"We then did an assessment of the infrastructure that had been vandalized, and that’s when we decided to have this staggered plan of return. It’s not that we’re not fully responsive to the needs of the commuters, of central or commuters of north. It just shows the shear work that needs to be done in the different corridors," Maseko said.

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Prasa says its trains carry close to 8,000 commuters per day and because of this, it's upping security.

Metrorail says, while two of its corridors have been reopened, the commuter rail agency has no plans to make its services available at the weekend, at least for now.


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