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Metrorail's new fleet unveiled

The trains are set to replace the current fleet, which has been in operation for over 50 years, in October.

Six hundred trains have been budgeted for, 20 from a Brazilian supplier, while the other 580 will be manufactured locally in Ekurhuleni. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - A new fleet of Metrorail trains has been unveiled at Pretoria station, with delegates taken on board a train as a test run.

The trains are set to be launched in October replacing the current fleet which has been in operation for more than 50 years.

The new fleet of trains will see passenger safety being prioritised, with the trains fitted with smoke detectors, CCTV cameras and emergency communication systems.

#prasa New trains are fitted with smoke detectors, CCTV cameras and electronic doors which prohibit train surfing.KG pic.twitter.com/v5RmG5I2Cq

Six hundred trains have been budgeted for, 20 from a Brazilian supplier, while the other 580 will be manufactured locally in Ekurhuleni.

The new trains are part of government's R59 billion investment into the development of a integrated public transport system for the country.

The Minister of Transport Dipuo Peters and Deputy Mayor of Tshwane Subesh Pillay unveiled the new fleet of trains.