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New Prasa trains to arrive from Brazil

The passenger rail agency says one of the 20 trains being built in Brazil will reach SA next month.

FILE:  new trains it purchased from a Spanish manufacturer to prove that they comply with standards on 13 July, 2015. Picture: Kgotatso Mogale/EWNPicture: Kgotatso Mogale/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) says South Africa will be receiving new trains from Brazil next month.

The passenger rail agency officially opened the parade concourse at the Cape Town station yesterday.

The revamped part of the station has a retail section and restaurants, catering for the thousands of commuters who travel through the station daily.

Prasa's Richard Walker says a R1.8 billion investment will go into upgrading other stations in parts of the province.

Walker says the project is necessary as trains accommodate 60% of the commuting population in the province.

He says they have begun with the security upgrades.

"It will also have the capability that the train will not leave any station or move while the doors are still open, which is a big challenge that we sit with in terms of our overcrowding."

Walker says the idea is to replace the old trains and railways with new ones, the first of which will reach South African shores next month.

"The first 20 are being built in Brazil and the first test train is in a ship on its way to Gauteng."

Langa, Khayelitsha and Nyanga are just a few of the stations that will see similar upgrades.