Train services in Peninsula in Cape Town to resume on Christmas Day

Published on : Tuesday, December 24, 2013

images22Metrorail in Cape Town says train services in the Peninsula, the rocky piece of land that juts out into the Atlantic Ocean at the south-western tip of the African continent, are only expected to return to normal on Christmas Day following the derailment of a train on Sunday afternoon as it entered Cape Town Station.

The train was empty and the driver was not injured, but severe damage was caused to overhead wires and Metrorail’s Regional Manager, Mthuthuzeli Swartz, said in Cape Town on Monday that as a result, five platforms in Cape Town are not in operation.

“In the interim we will be using buses to supplement and to carry people between the affected areas. Now because our system is so interlocked, trains from the northern suburbs are also being affected because they all cross at Salt River and that will have a knock-on effect on those trains as well,” Swartz said.

A Board of Inquiry is investigating the cause of the derailment, which happened at a crossing. The results are expected within a day or two.

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