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metrorail thumb medium90 92News24Wire reports that Metrorail Western Cape announced on Monday the suspension of all trains running on the central line, which services areas such as Khayelitsha, Philippi, Mitchells Plain, Bishop Lavis and Langa, until further notice.  

"Stations will be closed and no tickets will be on sale until further notice," Metrorail said in a statement.  The route covers a wide swathe of commuters, who rely heavily on the train service and who might not have easy access to alternative transport.  The drastic decision was reached after months of sustained vandalism, cable theft and destruction of critical infrastructure in the Bonteheuwel - Netreg - Nyanga area, Metrorail stated.  "Vandals targeted several mini sub-stations, cables and back-up batteries over the weekend, leaving us no option but to suspend services.  The rate of vandalism simply outstrips the rate of repairs," said Metrorail regional manager Richard Walker.  He indicated that teams would be sent in with armed escorts so that they could assess the damage before any attempt to recover the service would be possible.

  • Read this report in full at Engineering News
  • Read too, Metrorail suspends Central line trains 'until further notice', at IOL News

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