Metrorail steps up security following arson attacks

Arson attacks and cable theft have plagued Metrorail in the Cape this week, causing massive delays.

Three Metrorail carriages set alight at the Cape Town Metrorail station. Picture: Shantel Moses/Supplied.

CAPE TOWN - Metrorail in Western Cape has stepped up security following a spate of arson attacks on its trains in Cape Town.

Two carriages were gutted and another badly damaged in a fire at the Esplanade station.

On Thursday night, several more coaches were torched and last Saturday, 10 carriages were set alight in what the rail operator says were deliberate acts of sabotage to its system.

Metrorail's Riana Scott says due to the damage, trains along the central line are experiencing delays of 60 minutes or more.

"They remain on high alert now to check for vandalism and any further incidents of intimidation. The trains are being escorted for their safety."