METRORAIL SERVICE ADVISORY:

 UPDATE ON STRAND TRAIN SERVICE

Monday 19 January 2015

4pm

 Cape Town: Repairs to the railway line damaged by a freight train derailment between Firgrove and Faure last Saturday is expected to continue up to and including Friday 23 January 2015. This is due to extensive damage to the infrastructure.

The steel bridge also requires a specific type of railway sleeper, not a stock standard item. The first consignment of these special sleepers is already en route from Durban.

Alternative transport arrangements remain as set out below:

Cape Town – Strand

  • A train service operates between Cape Town and Eerste River Station;
  • A bus shuttle operates from Eerste River Station to Faure Station and Firgrove Stations respectively; and
  • A train shuttles between Firgrove Station and Strand Station.

Strand – Cape Town

  • A train service operates from Strand to Firgrove Station;
  • A bus service replaces the train service between Firgrove and Faure Stations;
  • A second bus service operates via the R102 (Van Riebeeck Road) between Firgrove and Eerste River Stations; and
  • A train service operates from Eerste River Station to Cape Town.

Strand Business Express

  • Operates from Cape Town Station as far as Eerste River Station only.
  • Express customers normally boarding at Strand, Somerset West and Firgrove Station will be conveyed by bus to Cape Town.

In addition commuters should note the following important information for their own safety:

  • Trains approaching Firgrove Station from Strand will remain in a holding pattern in section until platforms are cleared;
  • Some trains departing from Eerste River Station may be held back to accommodate passengers alighting from the buses – please listen to announcements; and
  • Intervals between trains from Eerste River to Cape Town may be longer than usual as the trains serving in those time slot were ‘trapped’ on the other side of the derailment site and are being used to shuttle commuters to Strand.

Acting regional manager Louis Beukes says commuters can expect the variable delays of 60 – 90 minutes to continue the remainder of the week: “This is due to about eight peak hour trains with an average capacity of eight hundred commuters that must be transported by the buses with a capacity of fifty eight seated passengers to Eerste River”.

Commuters who are able to make alternative transport arrangements are encouraged to do so. Those who require proof of delays for employers may request letters at stations.

Regular updates will be posted to passenger information channels and media.

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