Metrorail beefs up security to prevent attacks on trains

At least 19 carriages were torched in three weeks in Cape Town, Esplanade and Kraaifontein last month.

A Metrorail passenger train arrives at Mutual Station in Cape Town. Picture: Aletta Harrison/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Metrorail has rolled out advanced surveillance cameras in identified hot spots areas.

The rail network and members of the police's railway safety unit briefed the community safety standing committee on its commuter safety strategies in the provincial legislature today.

Metrorail's Richard Walker says the network will also look to establish a crime intelligence corporation to investigate acts of vandalism.

At least 19 carriages were torched in three weeks in Cape Town, Esplanade and Kraaifontein last month.

Walker adds the CCTV installations will be phased out to other areas in the coming months.

"Crimes or vandalism and arson within the rail is priority, it's a state asset. We would like to see more focus in terms of intelligence, because with early detection we can prevent where a train is burning as opposed to dealing with it afterwards. We would like to see more work on intelligence."