Metrorail reopens busiest line

11 stations on the Philippi line were forced to close last week after severe vandalism.

FILE: 11 stations on the Philippi line were forced to close for four days after criminals destroyed more than a dozen signal cables. Picture: Supplied

CAPE TOWN - Metrorail Western Cape has reopened its busiest line which was suspended last week after severe vandalism.

11 stations on the Philippi line were forced to close for four days after criminals destroyed more than a dozen signal cables.

Thousands of commuters in Mitchells Plain, Nyanga, Khayelitsha and Philippi were affected.

R2 million was spent to repair the damaged cables.

The rail agency's Riana Scott says the service is back to normal.

"The technicians have completed all their tests and we are up and running for tomorrow. We do want to appeal to people to people to please start buying their tickets today and tomorrow.

Meanwhile Metrorail has offered a R50,000 reward for anyone with information leading to conviction.