#DenverCrash: New technology to make train travel safer

Minister Dipuo Peters yesterday revealed human error led to the 2015 train crash, which claimed one life.

EMS on scene of a train crash at Denver station on 28 April 2015. Picture: @MedixGauteng

PRETORIA - While Transport Minister Dipuo Peters says new technology is being implemented to make train travel safer, the vast majority of incidents occur when people enter the rail reserve.

The minister was speaking at the release of the Rail Safety Regulator's investigation into the Denver Train Station crash, which left one person dead and 240 others injured in April last year.

The regulator found that the driver of an express train was speeding and failed to adhere to two warning signals before colliding with the rear end of a stationary carriage.

Peters says a six percent increase has been recorded in the number of incidents on the country's rail network in the last year.

"299 fatalities have been recorded for the current year, to date. The main reason contributing to deaths on our railways lines remains people who are struck by passing trains, when they're walking or crossing the tracks."

She says the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) will spend R1 billion over the next three years on a fencing programme.

"We also want to appeal to our people, stop stealing the fence that separates people from these big machines."

The minister says more than a R100 billion is being spent in the next decade, to upgrade the network.

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