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metrorail thumb medium90 92Groundup reports that as service on Cape Town’s Central railway line resumed on Wednesday after a month‚ commuters complained that Metrorail had not used the time to fix broken trains.  

A limited service on the Central Line was resumed after weeks of suspension due to vandalism‚ theft of cables and a strike by workers following the killing of a security guard.  But several commuters said they had expected Metrorail to have fixed and serviced the trains.  Public Transport Voice spokesman Dalton Ndongeni commented:  “The doors don’t work properly.  After a month of suspended service the trains are back‚ not serviced‚ windows and doors not fixed.  When windows and doors are not working they put the lives of commuters in danger.”  Last month‚ 19-year-old Keeno Abib died when he jumped out of a moving train on the Simonstown Line to avoid robbers.  Asked if the Central Line would be fully reinstated‚ Riana Scott‚ spokesperson for Metrorail‚ said the service had not been fully functional since 2015 “due to incessant vandalism‚ protest action and illegal electrical connections”.  Meanwhile commuters on the Northern and Century Lines continue to struggle to get to work as the service deteriorates daily.

  • Read this report by Tariro Washinyira in full at Timeslive

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