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Metrorail expects delays in CT after 2 carriages are set on fire

The exact cause of the fire, which occurred after 3pm today, is still unclear.

Picture: Xolani Koyana/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Metrorail says commuters on the northern line can expect delays due to train carriages that were set on fire earlier today.

The rail network's regional manager today briefed the Cape Chamber of Commerce on the state of trains following last month's spate of arson attacks.

During the briefing, two train carriages in Muldersvlei were set alight.

Metrorail regional manager Richard Walker says commuters on the northern line can expect delays due to a fire that took place.

The exact cause of the fire, which occurred after 3pm, is still unclear.

Walker says they've lost 30 carriages due to deliberate attacks since October 2015.

He says surveillance at the stations and along the tracks have been sharpened and has already yielded results.

LISTEN: What is being done to improve commuter safety

Just last week, one person was arrested after he was caught, on CCTV cameras, stealing cables.

This also comes just days after the Transport Minister Dipuo Peters unveiled a new fleet of Metrorail trains in Pretoria, as part of government's R59 billion investment into the development of an integrated public transport system for the country.

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

WATCH: Transport minister unveils new fleet of Metrorail trains

Additional reporting by Kgothatso Mogale.