Metrorail replaces copper cables to stem theft
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.