File Picture: David Ritchie/ANA Pictures
File Picture: David Ritchie/ANA Pictures
Burnt switch regulating the 11kv power feed providing traction/signal power at Woodstock station
Burnt switch regulating the 11kv power feed providing traction/signal power at Woodstock station
Metrorail technicians have just completed emergency repairs, restoring power to the Cape Town station area following another incident of vandalism early Monday. 

Vandals struck overnight at Woodstock, affecting overhead and signal power between Woodstock and Cape Town.

Signal power failure was reported at 3:30am this morning due to a vandalised and burnt switch regulating the 11kv power feed providing traction/signal power at Woodstock. 

Metrorail spokesperson Riana Scott said the anticipated service to and from Cape Town Station this afternoon is expected to be stable with residual delays.  
 
Scott said all trains arriving at and departing from Cape Town Station this morning were being manually and individually authorised, leading to delays in excess of 60 minutes. 

Trains were placed in a holding pattern on approach to Cape Town station. 

Commuters with urgent appointments had been advised to find alternative transport.

On the out of service, central line,  Scott said there is a “multi-faceted service recovery plan with technical-engineering repairs and maintenance, safety and security elements including the conditions stipulated by UNTU and train operations scheduling arrangements”. 
 
Among action to restore services, repairs are ongoing to overhead traction power, replacement of rail components such as rail clips, point machines and track boxes. 

Technicians also continue with target hardening critical vulnerable assets encasing these in steel cages for protection, Scott said. 

She could not say when operations would commence on the central line. 

Anyone with any information regarding crimes/suspicious activity is encouraged to report it immediately. Full anonymity of the information sources is guaranteed. 

There is a standing reward of up to R25 000 is payable for any information leading to a conviction.

Metrorail Protection Services hot-line can be reached on 021 449 4336/5056.