Metrorail train service between Springs and Benoni is expected to experience between 40-60 minutes delays due to theft and vandalism of signaling equipment. Between Benoni and Brakpan signal relays have been stolen and apparatus cases were vandalised. Between Brakpan and Springs 10 signaling tuning units have been stolen.
The impact of the theft is that trains cannot be operated remotely from the control centre. An alternative method of working in the form of trains using single line had to be implemented to ensure safe train movement as well as safety of commuters.
Metrorail’s technical team have advised that due to the complex nature of the repair work underway the signalling system will be fully restored towards the end of next week.
Metrorail’s Protection Services Department is working closely with law enforcement agencies to apprehend the perpetrators. “Metrorail condemns the theft of infrastructure components in the strongest terms and we urge the community at large to report anyone seen stealing or in possession of stolen equipment to the nearest Police Station” said Metrorail Gauteng Spokesperson, Ms. Lillian Mofokeng.
Metrorail sincerely apologises to all commuters and employers for the inconvenience caused and requests commuters to take earlier trains in order to arrive on time at their destination. In addition where possible commuters are encouraged to make their own alternative transport arrangements.
Issued by Metrorail Gauteng Marketing and Communication