Vandalism causes major train delays in Cape Town
15 April 2016, 20:02
Cape Town – Metrorail in Cape Town said that commuters
should expect a delay of up to an hour following acts of vandalism on Friday.
On Friday morning, a train was set alight, while another
four carriages were destroyed by a fire in Kraaifontein's staging yard.
The delays would mainly affect the northern
line, and commuters were asked to make use of alternative transport.
"This morning's incidents of deliberate destruction
follows in the wake of last Saturday's fire where two adjoining trains were set
alight at platforms 11 and 12 at Cape Town station," Metrorail said in a
Metrorail regional manager Richard Walker expressed his
unhappiness with the vandalism, saying criminals were disrupting "innocent
people's only means of transport".
The vandalism also included cable theft at Salt River and
an apparatus case set alight at Philippi.
The incident caused northern trains to be re-routed via
Ysterplaat–Mutual and central trains to terminate at Philippi.