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CT airport needs rail link - Prasa

Prasa on Tuesday said the Cape Town International Airport is in desperate need of a rail link to the city.

Train tracks

CAPE TOWN - Cape Town International Airport is in desperate need of a rail link to the city, the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) said on Tuesday.

Speaking in Parliament, the agency outlined its strategy to modernise the country's railway system.

Prasa CEO Lucky Montana urged the City of Cape Town not to miss another railway revolution.

He said 12 million tourists pass through Cape Town International Airport every year and there should be a railway link to the city.

The CEO said trains should depart from the airport every 15 minutes.

But Montana said the municipality will have to come on board.

As for the rest of South Africa's railway system, the maintaining of coaches is no longer enough.

The entire system needs to be modernised, Montana said.

Signalling systems are already being overhauled in Gauteng and he said within three years, commuters across the country will experience the difference.