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prasaBusinessTech reports that the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) will suspend services of three lines in Gauteng for the rehabilitation and restoration of electrical cables and traction substations that were vandalised or stolen during the level 5 Covid lockdown.

“This will also allow for Prasa to run more efficient train services and to introduce the electrical motor units (electrical trains) which form part of Prasa’s modernisation programme,” the agency said this week. Prasa acknowledged that the disruption of these services would come at a huge cost to rail commuters, but said the benefits would be worth the pain felt in the interim. The three lines will become construction sites, as the appointed contractors will take over the lines to start the rehabilitation and restoration work. Closure of the three lines in the Gauteng region have been scheduled as follows: Pienaarspoort to Pretoria – 23 May until August 2022; Naledi to Johannesburg – 23 May until September 2022; Leralla to Elandsfontein – 30 May until October 2022. Prasa said sustained theft and vandalism of its rail assets had disrupted train services across all provinces in which it operated. Meanwhile, work has begun to recover the services on the central line between Cape Town and Langa, while the process to relocate illegal settlements on the rail tracks is underway.

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