Coal line main­te­nance shut­down

Zululand Observer - Monday - - BUSINESS - Lau­rie Smith

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.’

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