SA lockdown: Long-distance trains back on track

People walk on the railway track, near a Shosholoza Meyl train.

People walk on the railway track, near a Shosholoza Meyl train.

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JOHANNESBURG - Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has announced that long-distance passenger rail is now permitted to resume operations subject to the passenger capacity restriction.

With the easing of the nationwide lockdown regulations, certain public transport sectors are now being permitted to operate.

Mbalula also announced that rail operations are permitted to carry a maximum of 70 percent of their ​​​licensed passenger capacity.

READ: Metrorail reopens Cape Flats line

Metrorail announced on Monday that was 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.

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