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CT Metrorail commuters left stranded after cable theft

All trains operating on the Monte Vista line have been re-routed to operate via Maitland to Bellville. Trains are being manually authorised between Thornton and Tygerberg.

A Metrorail train. Picture: Giovanna Gerbi/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Hundreds of thousands of Metrorail commuters on the northern line are stranded due to cable theft.

Cable thieves struck in Kuilsriver on Thursday morning.

All northern line trains operating via Maitland have been re-routed to the Monte Vista line.

All trains operating on the Monte Vista line have been re-routed to operate via Maitland to Bellville.

Trains are being manually authorised between Thornton and Tygerberg.

Business Expresses, Train 3531 to Worcester and Train 2677 to Malmesbury will operate according to their normal train schedule.

Metrorail s Riana Scott said: “So for this afternoon and the foreseeable future which is tomorrow morning, the alternative arrangements are pretty much what was put in place this morning. Scheduled northern line trains operating via Maitland this afternoon will operate on the Monte Vista line.”

ALTERNATIVE ARRANGEMENTS

Commuters have been urged to make alternative transport arrangements.

Thousands of people are waiting to board trains.

Metrorail said technicians are still working to fully restore the service on the northern line after cable theft caused disruptions, leading to delays in excess of 60 minutes.

People were running from one platform to the other just to make it in time for their journey home.

These delays couldn’t have come on a worse day as it was over 35 degrees in Cape Town and passengers will be squeezed like sardines if they make it into the next train.

The problem stems from cable theft in Kuils River, but commuters say they are fed up with Metrorail management.

Some commuters live as far as Malmesbury and Wellington and many say they don't have any money to get home.

Some commuters said: “This morning 4:20 am I was at Kuilsriver station, I was forced to take Uber.”

“I think since 2010 over the World Cup the trains were not running right.”

“They only want tickets; you see even now I don’t even have a cent. I don’t know what I’m going to do if there isn’t a train to go to Strand now.”

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