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metrorail thumb medium90 92Weekend Argus reports that Metrorail commuters in Cape Town will have to put up with delayed and overcrowded trains for at least another two years before some sort of normality returns to the city's buckling rail transport system.  

Metrorail officials outlined their turnaround strategy for a system that is on the verge of collapse in the Western Cape to the provincial parliament’s standing committee on transport last week .  Since October 2015, train punctuality has dropped from 80% to a little over 60% and the number of cancellations has rocketing from 3% to over 15%.  The torching of 101 carriages in the past two years at a cost of R312m also contributed to the cancellation of trains.  As part of a turnaround strategy, Metrorail indicated that it would, over a short to long-term period, gradually increase train availability from 60 sets to 65 in the next three months until it reached the required 88 sets in 18 months to 24 months. Brett Herron, the city's mayoral committee member for transport and urban development, said that the city was still keen on taking over the operations of Metrorail in order to provide stability to the system.

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