More woes await Metrorail commuters this morning

The rail operator has warned people who travel on the central line in Cape Town to expect delays.

FILE: Commuters check the electronic notice board at Metrorail's Cape Town Station. Picture: Xolani Koyana/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Metrorail has warned commuters who travel on Cape Town's central line to brace themselves for further delays this morning.

Train services across the city were thrown into disarray last week after separate arson attacks on carriages and incidents of vandalism.

The rail operator has blamed criminal elements taking part in an unprotected strike.

Metrorail says trains on the Cape Flats' northern and southern lines will operate according to its normal schedule.

The rail company however expects cancellations and some delays on the northern line, due to trains being out of commission.

Metrorail's Riana Scott says there will be a limited but fairly frequent service on the central line this morning.

"We also have police and our own protection services on high alert. We've put in additional security services and we will monitor the situation continuously."

The City of Cape Town has committed to dispatching additional N2 Express buses for Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha, but is urging commuters to purchase MyCiTi cards to use the service.

Additional Golden Arrow buses have also been made available for today's peak hours.

Meanwhile, Transport Minister Dipuo Peters has called on the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) to launch an in-depth investigation into the recent spate of arson attacks on Metrorail trains in the city.

The Transport Department's Ishmael Mnisi says vandalism cannot be tolerated.

"As government, while we respect and continue to promote the rights of our communities to do peaceful demonstrations, we cannot allow such an instance where property is being destroyed."