Metrorail train service operation in the Naledi corridor have been disrupted this morning due to overhead catenary wires being cut and stolen between Dube and Ikhwezi train station on both up and down line. As a result trains cannot move through to and from Johannesburg direction until technicians are able to replace the stolen cable.
“This disruption will negatively affect more than 60 000 (sixty thousand) train commuters’ traveling experience in Naledi, New Canada and Karzene West corridor which are our key operational areas in Soweto. Of great concern is the growing trend by criminals now targeting both lines to make sure the railway system is paralyzed for peak period operations. We call on support from local government and law enforcement agencies to help us tighten all effort in fighting this criminality which may soon lead to the collapse of the railway services and negatively affect the economy of the province,” said Goodman Matampi, Acting Provincial Manager Gauteng Metrorail.
Arrangements for buses are also underway for loyal monthly and weekly ticket holders to assist them with alternative transport between New Canada and Naledi stations. However, with the high number of commuters expected, severe delays can be expected as busses are not able to cater for large numbers at a time. Metrorail management advices commuters, where possible, to consider using other modes of transport as an alternative.
Metrorail technicians are at the affected areas assessing damages with a view to start replacing stolen cables.
Metrorail management sincerely apologises for the inconvenience caused and pleads with commuters and employers to be patient as Metrorail’ Technicians work hard around the clock to replace the stolen cables.
Commuters are urged to report any criminal behavior witnessed within its operational areas to Protection Services officials at stations and nearby Police stations.