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.”
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.