CPT council strengthens ties with rail bodies

Cape Town bosses team up with Metrorail & Prasa to improve rail safety in the Western Cape.

Metrorail Cape Town. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - In a bid to drastically improve rail services, Cape Town bosses on Wednesday agreed to sign a memorandum of action with the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) and Metrorail.

The deal is aimed at improving the working relationship between the three parties, as well as the safety and security of commuters.

The document will be ready for signing on 18 October.

The City of Cape Town's mayoral committee member for Transport Brett Herron said: "We're also talking about expanding our public law enforcement unit and allowing them access onto the rail facilities, so they can assist Metrorail with safety and security. We're looking at integrating timetables as well, so that commuters can have a seamless journey.

"I think this is an expression of the good working relationship that we've been developing over the last few months. It is key to improving the commuters and our residents' experience of public transport in the city of Cape Town."

For more on the rail system in Cape Town have a look at the Metrorail Diaries feature.