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CT Metrorail commuters fear price hikes after arson attacks

A commuter says her daily trip from Mitchells Plain's Kapteinsklip Station has taken longer than usual.

Picture: Wikimedia Commons.

CAPE TOWN - Metrorail commuters fear a hike in ticket prices following another arson attack that could cost the rail operator millions of rands in damages.

Ten carriages were gutted by a fire at Cape Town Train Station on Saturday.

Platforms eight to 12 have been out of commission, causing delays of up to an hour during the morning peak.

Workers are wearing dust masks with the smell of burnt rubber still hanging in the air.

Commuter Venecia America says her daily trip from Mitchells Plain's Kapteinsklip Station has taken longer than usual.

"Getting to the Cape Town Station this morning was so terrible because we could hardly breathe due to the smoke."

Metrorail has, meanwhile, assured commuters they won't foot the bill for damages caused by a weekend arson attack.

Metrorail's Riana Scott said, "We are working hard to restore platforms eight to 10 and we will get confirmation tomorrow from our structural engineers about the integrity of those structures."

A R100,000 reward has been offered for any information that could help the investigation.

METRORAIL ANNOUNCES DELAYS

Metrorail says delays of up to 40 minutes can be expected this afternoon.

The entrances to platforms 11 to 17 have been cordoned off.

There are regular announcements of train delays and cancellations as commuters rush to various platforms to catch their trains home.

Two trains on the northern line have already been cancelled, while a train to Bellville via Lavistown is delayed for more than 10 minutes.