Metrorail’s Central Line resumes full service after three years

1 min read

Cape Town residents can now sigh relief as Metrorail’s Central Line, which operates between Cape Town and Nyanga, has resumed full service after three years of disruptions. The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) said that from today, March 22, 2023, the train line would be open from 5 am to 7 pm.

Causes of Suspension

One of the railroad lines that had to be shut down because of sabotage was the Central Line. Extortionists were demanding protection fees from the Prasa contractors as well as theft of infrastructure, bringing train services to a halt.

Improved Efficiency and Security

Raymond Maseko, the regional manager for Prasa in Western Cape, said that adding generators to help when the power goes out and increased security to keep people safe should let the trains run more smoothly.

Maseko added, “We got to the point where we worked with the South African Police Service to come up with what we call a Central Line security plan.”

Overcoming Loadshedding Challenges

According to Maseko, the trains are not affected by load shedding because they have taken care of that. However, some stations may still be dark due to the power cuts.

Maseko remarked, “As we move the generators to the different stations, we hope that situation will improve.”

Commuter Relief

The resumption of full service on the Central Line is a huge relief to commuters who have used alternative modes of transport for the past three years. They can now enjoy a safer, more efficient, and more reliable train service.

With the Central Line back in operation, Cape Town residents can now look forward to a more convenient and reliable mode of transport. In addition, the improved security and efficiency measures by Prasa will go a long way in ensuring commuter safety and satisfaction.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Previous Story

Shark Attack in Jeffreys Bay, Eastern Cape: Woman Recovering

Next Story

Lady Amelia Spencer Marries in Secret Wedding in South Africa

Latest from Blog

Unveiling the #WhoSpeaksForUs Movement in Cape Town

The WhoSpeaksForUs movement in Cape Town is a campaign organized by SWEAT to advocate for the decriminalization of sex work and equal representation for marginalized communities in politics. Last Thursday, over 50 sex workers and civil rights champions organized a protest in front of Parliament to demand their voices be heard. With the upcoming elections, there is concern among sex workers about whether the political leaders will champion their cause, and various advocacy groups have joined together to fight for equal rights and representation. The movement serves as a desperate cry for equality and a demand for political leadership that mirrors the complex society it serves.

The Cradle of Tranquility: Paternoster and the Gonana Collection

Experience the serene and sustainable Gonana Collection in the peaceful fishing village of Paternoster, where each of the seven properties is powered by solar energy and offers a warm embrace of the idyllic environment. Discover a tapestry of sustainability woven from unrefined local materials and collaboration with local craftsmen. Embrace the Gonana lifestyle and contribute to the evolution of travel in this sanctuary for contemplation and mindfulness where nature and elegance intertwine.

A Golden Display: South Africa’s Fynbos Triumph at the 2024 Chelsea Flower Show

South Africa’s Fynbos plant species won the gold medal at the 2024 Chelsea Flower Show, earning the country its 37th top award for fynbos displays since 1976. The fynbos species are a significant source of revenue through exports, generating around R85 million in revenue. The success at Chelsea and the thriving fynbos industry narrate a deeply inspiring story of South Africa where the beauty of nature intertwines with the lives of the communities that cultivate it, culminating in a harmonious blend of growth, diversity, and prosperity that transcends national boundaries.

A Homage to Fallen Heroes: Honoring MK Freedom Fighters

The unveiling ceremony in Soweto honored 21 former MK Freedom Fighters who served in the Umkhonto we Sizwe operations between 1986 and 1990. The event was a reminder of the sacrifices these men made during a tumultuous chapter in South Africa’s history and a crucial component of a constitutional mandate that compels South Africans to acknowledge past wrongs and salute those who bore the brunt in the pursuit of justice and independence. As South Africans, it is our duty to ensure their legacy perseveres by extending our support to the veterans and their families.

Upholding Traditions: Cape Town’s Youth Connect with Their Past

Cape Town’s Arts and Culture and Environmental Planning and Sustainability Branches collaborated to offer a unique heritage education programme for young people, allowing them to connect with their roots and learn about the city’s history. The programme included engaging and immersive activities, such as educational sessions at the Attic Exhibition and guided tours of the Company’s Garden. This initiative aims to promote social harmony and unity, inspire curiosity in environmental planning and sustainability careers, and encourage the youth to shape a sustainable and cultured future.