Trains in our sights - Metrorail Diaries return

EWN and the Cape Argus have re-launched the Metrorail Diaries, this time focusing on punctuality.

EWN and the Cape Argus have re-launched the Metrorail Diaries, this time focusing on punctuality.

CAPE TOWN - Metrorail bosses on Tuesday admitted security problems keep them awake at night.

Eyewitness News and the Cape Argus have re-launched the Metrorail Diaries this week.

Reporters and commuters have again started tweeting and sharing their experiences travelling on Metrorail trains. This time, the focus is on train punctuality.

However, EWN has also noticed Metrorail clamping down on ticket defaulters.

Metrorail's Mthuthuzeli Swartz said it is no secret.

"Metrorail has decided that everyone uses the trains must pay for using the trains. Between May and June [2012] we have had an increase of R12 million in our revenue."

Swartz said while there has been an improvement in arrival times, security is still a concern.

"We have spoken with the department of defence; we are getting an additional 500 trainee officials that are going to be trained exclusively by the defence force - those people will be released into our system so that we can increase the presence."

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