CT Metrorail repair to cost R2m

The rail giant’s busiest line has been suspended due to vandalism.

The rail giant’s busiest line has been suspended due to vandalism leaving thousands of commuters stranded. Picture: Mis Spies/EWN

CAPE TOWN - It will cost more than R2 million to repair damaged signal cables, Metrorail said on Wednesday, with the Philippi service line suspended due to vandalism.

The rail giant has laid a charge of sabotage and attempted murder.

Metrorail has arranged alternative transportation which will see train commuters shuttled home.

The service's Richard Walker says it will require a muliti-million rand operation to repair the line.

He remains confident, however, that the perpetrators will be caught.

Thousands of commuters between Nyanga, Mitchell's Plain, Khayelitsha and Cape Town have been affected.

Patrol guards were also shot at while trying to apprehend the vandals who caused the damage to the signal cables.