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CT Metrorail reopens 3 platforms following disruptions

An arson attack on Saturday night gutted 10 train carriages & led to several platforms having to be closed.

Firefighters are on scene where a train has caught alight at the Cape Town train station. Picture: Twitter.

CAPE TOWN - Metrorail says three platforms at Cape Town Station, affected by a fire, have been reopened.

An arson attack on Saturday night gutted 10 train carriages and led to several platforms having to be closed.

This threw train services into chaos.

Metrorail's Richard Walker says technical teams have been working flat-out to restore operations.

"They've successfully completed work just outside of Cape Town Station to the damage point that has restored the operations platform from eight to 10."

Meanwhile, Metrorail commuters fear a hike in ticket prices following the arson attack that could cost the rail operator millions of rand in damages.

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

Metrorail has assured commuters they won't foot the bill for damages caused the arson attack.

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