Metrorail Service Advisory: Six carriages destroyed by early morning fire at Cape Town Station

Tuesday 20 October 2015

6am

Cape Town – Metrorail confirms that four motor coaches and six plain trailers were destroyed by fire early this morning. The train-sets were stabled at Cape Town Station next to each other on platforms 9 and 10 respectively when the fire started shortly before 2am this morning.

Surveying the extent of the damage this morning, regional manager Richard Walker condemned this latest blatant attack on Metrorail: “This sets back our recovery programme by months and further depletes much-needed capacity to for rail to meet customer demand”. “Our customers have appreciated improved timekeeping brought about by our recovery programme”.  The latest loss brings the total number of carriages lost to fire this year to twenty.

Platforms 8-11 are closed for train traffic until further notice and several trains have had to be cancelled. Commuters should note platform changes and anticipated delays of 40 – 60+ minutes.

Customers with urgent appointments or learners writing exams are advised to make alternative transport arrangements. The provision of alternative bus transport is constrained by peak hour congestion and capacity. Customers should also note announcements of platform changes and other service deviations until the service is fully restored.

No injuries were reported. Police are following several leads in their investigation into the cause of the fire.

Commuters who require proof of delays for employers may request letters of confirmation at stations. Metrorail apologises to commuters for the unavoidable delays as a result and thanks commuters for their patience and understanding.

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