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CT Metrorail commuters warned of major delays

Metrorail says at least 10 train carriages were torched in an alleged arson attack last night.

FILE: Earlier this year, Metrorail said it had lost over 20 train coaches to arson since 2015. Picture: Natalie Malgas/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Metrorail has warned commuters to expect major delays today after a fire at Cape Town Station caused extensive damage to its infrastructure.

At least 10 train carriages were torched in what Metrorail management says was an arson attack on Saturday night.

Metrorail is calling on anyone with information on the fire at Cape Town station last night to come forward #TrainFire MvR

Metrorail's Riana Scott says delays of up to an hour can be expected this morning.

"It's impacting platforms eight to 12, which is temporarily out of commission. This means that the trains will wait outside the station until they are allocated an alternative platform to arrive at."

Metrorail says that damages will run into millions of rand.

Scott says the ten carriages were gutted during the incident and around 750 metres of overhead wiring on two platforms were also damaged before firefighters managed to extinguish the blaze.

Scott says officials are assessing the cost of the damage.

"We know it will probably run into millions, given historical costs under similar circumstances."

REWARD

Metrorail has offered a reward of R100,000 for any information which could assist investigations into the arson attack.

Scott says the fire was started deliberately.

She adds services have been thrown into disarray on some lines this morning.

"This morning at Cape Town station things are a little hectic. We've already had 10 early morning cancellations and five platforms, that's platforms eight to 12, are still out of commission."

The incident follows a strike last week among some Metrorail workers. The company secured a court interdict to prevent the industrial action.

VANDALISM, ARSON PLAGUE METRORAIL

Earlier this year, Metrorail said it had lost more than 20 train coaches to arson since last year.

An investigation was instituted to determine the cause of a deadly fire which destroyed two train carriages near Fish Hoek, where officials discovered a body inside one of the burnt out carriages.

#GlencairnFire the burnt out train in Glencairn. Fire crews and police still on scene, fire raging on mountain. NM pic.twitter.com/ba4uSXhjwi

At the time Riana Scott said they had been hard hit by vandals.