metrorail thumb medium90 92Cape Times reports that nearly 500 Cape Town trains were cancelled this week, and the Metrorail service will continue to be delayed for as long as it takes to repair damaged carriages.  

Seventeen carriages were destroyed in a week of arson attacks last month.  In total 32 carriages have been destroyed in six separate incidents since October last year.  Metrorail has not been able to recover fully since the attacks, and this week a total of 478 scheduled trains were cancelled, Metrorail spokesperson Riana Scott said.  She indicated that, although every effort was being made to expedite the return to service of carriages, an “optimistic scenario is six to 12 months.”

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