Coal line maintenance shutdown
TRANSNET Freight Rail is preparing to shut its coal export line to undertake large-scale annual maintenance.
The closure will be in effect from today (Monday) to 11 July, and during this time maintenance specialists will replace obsolete and problematic infrastructure, turnout replacement, the stabilising of ballast stones, sleeper replacement, the repair of oil leaks and transformer maintenance.
‘The shutdown is an annual exercise carried out around this time to ensure that the company tackles its maintenance backlog, replaces old, obsolete and problematic infrastructure as part of the business’ sustainability programme, and accelerates major capital expansion/upgrade projects in line with the expected volume growth,’ said Transnet Freight
Rail spokesperson Mike Asefovitz.
‘The shutdown programme is also necessitated by the fact that there are sections on the coal line where infrastructure work cannot be carried out without stopping the entire train service.’