Metrorail discusses possible tariff hikes

Metrorail has promised to give sufficient notice to consumers of future intended ticket price increases.

Metrorail train. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - Passenger rail operator Metrorail on Sunday promised to give sufficient notice to consumers of future intended ticket price increases.

In March, the rail operator announced a hike in monthly ticket prices by 27 percent across the board.

But trade unions were up in arms about the hike, arguing there was not sufficient notice given to commuters about the hike.

Metrorail then held back on the increase until further notice.

Metrorail Western Cape Regional Manager Mthuthuzeli Swartz said there were ongoing discussions about possible tariff increases in the future.

"There's ongoing discussion a number of issues and this is one of the issues that are under continual review."

Swartz said notice will be given well in advance about tariff adjustments.

"If there is going to be any increase, we will then make an announcement well in advance so that people can prepare themselves."

Earlier in 2012, the company employed 100 National Defence Force reservists to beef up security services due to an increase on theft and vandalism.

Metrorail is also set to install CCTV cameras at railway lines countrywide by March 2013.