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Carlisle pleased with Metrorail progress

Western Cape Transport MEC Robin Carlisle is pleased with changes implemented by Metrorail.

Metrorail Cape Town. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Transport MEC Robin Carlisle on Thursday said he was pleased to see Metrorail working on improving its services.

Earlier in 2012, he criticised the operator and threatened to go to court in a bid to get the company to improve services and security.

On Thursday, the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) announced that an additional 400 rail police and 500 security guards will be sent to the province before the end of the year.

Carlisle said this was good news for commuters.

"It's easy to talk, but they are starting to do it [implement changes]. In other words, enforcement is happening. You can see more visible policing."

Meanwhile, the rail agency will also install CCTV cameras and security alarms at 80 train stations nationwide.

Around 20 stations in the Western Cape will have cameras installed by June 2013.

Additional platform marshals will also be hired.

Prasa's Mosengwa Mofi said, "In the Western Cape only, we've put in R9 million just for the fencing project. The Western Cape government has put in R4.2 million to deal with crime hotspots."

"In Gauteng, we've put in over R20 million just to sort out the fencing problem."