Gautrain up and running, with some delays

Gautrain management confirmed that there had been a loss of power on the east-west line on Thursday afternoon.

FILE: There were no running between Sandton, Rhodesfield and OR Tambo on Thursday afternoon. Picture: Wikimedia Commons.

JOHANNESBURG - Gautrain management have confirmed that the power has been restored and services were running on all lines, however trains were operating with delays of around 20 minutes.

A power failure disrupted the east-west lines this evening between Sandton and OR Tambo International Airport, resulting in hundreds of passengers being left stranded.

Spokesperson Errol Braithwaite said, "Gautrain services are running again on all lines, but there are still delays as the service normalises again. There are some congestions."

Earlier reports said there could be delays of up to an hour.

Gautrain's Errol Braithwaite said earlier, "Given the congestion on the roads, if you are an airport customer this afternoon and this evening I think please try make alternative arrangements. I'm just not confident we'll be able to get you to the airport on time for your flight.

He added that train services on the north-south line were running, but there was some impact as a result of the delay on the east-west line, so there were some delays to the service.

One commuter said he'd been stranded at OR Tambo airport for nearly an hour.

"We've been at the OR Tambo station for over 40 minutes but there are no trains. And they aren't telling us much about what the problem is."