Trains back on track

Zululand Observer - Monday - - ZO BUSINESS - Gugu Myeni

TRAIN op­er­a­tions on the north coast cor­ri­dor are set to re­sume on Mon­day after they were sus­pended last month.

Pas­sen­ger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) and Transnet con­firmed last week that the re­pairs on the line which re­sulted in the sus­pen­sions of the trains, have been com­pleted.

KZN MEC for Trans­port, Com­mu­nity Safety and Li­ai­son, Mx­olisi Kaunda com­mended the paras­tatals for speed­ing up re­pairs.

He lauded PRASA and Transnet for work­ing round the clock to en­sure that the lines are fixed as a mat­ter of ur­gency. ‘This paves the way for the re­in­state­ment of train op­er­a­tions on the cor­ri­dor which in­cludes ar­eas such as Phoenix, Veru­lam, Ton­gaat and Stanger. ‘PRASA had de­cided to suspend trains on the line be­cause it was not safe for com­muters and em­ploy­ees ow­ing to cable theft and ag­ing in­fra­struc­ture which af­fected time trav­elled by com­muters.

‘This threat­ened the lives of train driv­ers as trains were not ar­riv­ing on time and caus­ing com­muters to be ag­i­tated,’ said Kaunda.

The MEC has urged com­mu­ni­ties to as­sist the po­lice to en­sure that those who con­tin­u­ously van­dalise the in­fra­struc­ture are ap­pre­hended.

He also thanked them for their pa­tience while the re­pairs were be­ing un­der­taken.

‘PRASA took this dras­tic step to suspend trains be­cause we wanted to en­sure that com­muters are safe and to im­prove travel times,’ Kaunda said.

KZN MEC for Trans­port, Com­mu­nity Safety and Li­ai­son, Mx­olisi Kaunda

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