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metrorail thumb medium90 92GroundUp reports that tens of thousands of commuters who use Cape Town's central line are still waiting for Metrorail to say when the train service, suspended since 8 January, will be restored.  

The service on the central line came to a halt last month when United National Transport Union (UNTU) members refused to work after the killing of a security guard.  On 30 January, the union said its members were "ready to resume their duties" following an agreement with the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) on security for workers.  But the service was suspended again immediately thereafter because of vandalism on the line.  It is now the fifth week that no trains have run.  Spokesperson for Metrorail, Riana Scott, could not say when the line would be operating again.  She said that a "multi-faceted service recovery plan" was needed first, involving "technical-engineering repairs and maintenance, safety and security elements and train operations scheduling arrangements".

  • Read this report by Tariro Washinyira in full at News24

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