Metrorail: Ticket hikes not 'unreasonable'

Daily, weekly and monthly fares are set to go up from next month countrywide.

Metrorail's daily, weekly and monthly fares are set to go up countrywide from next month. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Metrorail says its plans to hike ticket prices aren't unreasonable.

Daily, weekly and monthly fares are set to go up from next month countrywide.

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) has unveiled plans to embark on a one-day legal strike against the fare increases on Tuesday.

The trade union federation is also unhappy over the quality of train services in Cape Town.

Train commuters can expect to pay between 50 and 80 cents more for their daily tickets.

Weekly tickets will cost between R3 and R7 more, while monthly tickets will go up by between R7 and R30.

The mass action is designed to put pressure on Metrorail to improve services and delay the hike for at least another month.

Metrorail spokesperson Riana Scott says the company really needs this fare increase.

"If one looks at our cost drivers- the cost of electricity has soared, if we look at our maintenance most of our components are imported and the rand dollar exchange rate is also not in our favour."