Metro­rail re­places cop­per ca­bles to stem theft

Cape Argus - - NEWS - Okuhle Hlati

THE in­creas­ing prob­lem of ca­ble theft has prompted Metro­rail to re­place its cop­per ca­bling with fi­bre-op­tic ca­bles.

With more than 200 in­ci­dents of cop­per theft recorded ev­ery year and sev­eral cases recorded daily, a na­tional mul­timil­lion-rand project is un­der way.

Metro­rail spokesper­son Ri­ana Scott said the in­stal­la­tion of the fi­bre, ex­clud­ing the in­stal­la­tion of switches and con­fig­u­ra­tion, amounts to R4.8 mil­lion.

“Ca­ble theft of­ten af­fects our au­to­mated sig­nalling sys­tem, forc­ing us to use man­ual au­tho­ri­sa­tion,” said Scott.

“Which is very time-con­sum­ing as each train has to be in­di­vid­u­ally au­tho­rised, lead­ing to 60+ min­utes delays,” added Scott.

She said seven sus­pects were ar­rested by Metro­rail Pro­tec­tion Ser­vices on trains since the start of the week­end for crimes, in­clud­ing theft of ca­bling and van­dal­ism.

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