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Repairing Metrorail damage could take 12 months

Metrorail says delays will continue as technicians repair extensive damage to infrastructure.

FILE: Metrorail commuters on board an overcrowded train on 20 April 2016. Picture: Monique Mortlock/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Metrorail says it could take up to a year to fully repair infrastructure damaged in a series of arson attacks.

WATCH:_ Commuters face frenzied scrambles on crippled Metrorail lines._

At least 19 carriages were set alight in a space of three weeks across the city.

The ongoing vandalism of trains and signaling equipment continues to affect Metrorail services.

Metrorail says Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) officials and forensic experts are still examining damaged carriages in order to provide a report for an insurance claim.

Once funding is approved, a contract will be issued for the repair of the coaches.

Metrorail's Riana Scott says the turnaround time could be between six and 12 months.

She warns delays will continue while technicians repair extensive damage to infrastructure between Philippi and Nyanga, as well as Woodstock and Esplanade.

The system is currently operating slower than normal because trains are being authorised manually, due to vandalised signalling points.