WE HAVE A STATE OF CIVIC EMERGENCY

WE HAVE A STATE OF CIVIC EMERGENCY

Chamber says urgent steps needed to save Metrorail from collapse 

Commuters faced another morning of train chaos and lengthy delays of up to two hours today following more acts of vandalism against embattled Metrorail, which the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) has warned is on the brink of collapse.

The Metrorail service is nearing the point of collapse and emergency measures are not necessary to save the system.

If Metrorail can no longer do the job, the whole city and its economy will be in trouble.

We have a state of civic emergency on our hands and we must take tough and necessary measures before we lose the backbone of public transport in Cape Town.

Metrorail was hit with more vandalism on Monday, 18 April 2016, causing delays on all lines on Tuesday, 19 April 2016.04.21

The last week alone has seen two extensive arson attacks, two acts of destruction on train signals and one fatality.

The train service, which transports more people in and out of Cape Town than any other public transport service, recommended that commuters use alternate means of transport if possible.

Reference:

Tara Longardner – Staff Reporter at Cape Argus