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Expect train delays after four carriages burnt

Cape Town -08-08-16 - Train carrages were set alight at Retreat station       Picture Brenton Geach

Cape Town -08-08-16 - Train carrages were set alight at Retreat station Picture Brenton Geach

Published Aug 7, 2016


TRAIN commuters on the Southern line should expect delays or cancellations today after a fire destroyed four train carriages near Retreat station yesterday, Metrorail said.

Metrorail spokesperson Daphne Kayster said it was not yet known how the fire started.

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She said yesterday’s afternoon service was not affected, but it would be affected today.

“It is anticipated that the morning peak service on the Southern line will be affected with cancellations as these damaged trains will not be able to operate,” said Kayster.

The cost of the damages was yet to be determined.

While the cause of the fire was still under investigation, Metrorail manager Richard Walker blamed arsonists and urged the public to report any information that would help the police capture those involved.

“If we are not going to stop this senseless act, commuters would be affected greatly. We are dealing with arsonists here,” said Walker.

“Incidents of vandalising Metrorail assets is totally unacceptable. This latest incident is another setback and it further impacts our recovery programme to bring back reliability of the train service. We apologise to commuters for bearing the brunt of wanton destruction.”

A reward of up to R100 000 is payable for information that would secure a conviction. Contact Kayster on 083 460 2010 or 021 449 2101.

ER24 spokesperson Russel Meiring said no one was hurt.

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