Metrorail: Central line back on track by Monday

Vandals hit the central line this week, destroying more than 20 signalling systems.

FILE: Western Cape Metrorail regional manager Richard Walker. Picture: Lauren Isaacs/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Metrorail says at least four signal cables which had been repaired on its central line were again intentionally damaged today.

Vandals earlier this week cut the cables, paralysing services on the Philippi, Nyanga and Mitchells Plain routes.

Services have been suspended since Wednesday, with the rail operator having to make alternative travel arrangements with Golden Arrow Bus Services and local taxi associations.

During a briefing held on a special train trip to Nyanga, Metrorail's Richard Walker announced services will return to normal on Monday after three days of chaos.

He said the latest incident of vandalism occurred again in the early hours of Friday morning.

"We have noticed that once you deal with certain hotspots, the criminal elements pick up what your plans are and then change their modus operandi and move to different areas."

Walker said the cost of repairs to the damaged signal cables on the central line amounts to over R2 million.

He added that security measures will also be stepped up along the route from next week.