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CT Metrorail commuters sign petition opposing looming price hikes

They say the imminent ticket price increase, set for 1 July, is outrageous and unjust.

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

CAPE TOWN - Some Cape Town rail commuters believe an imminent ticket price increase is outrageous and unjust, as Metrorail is providing what they are calling a sub-standard service.

A group calling itself Public Transport Voice held a picket outside the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa's (Prasa) offices in Cape Town this afternoon in opposition to the planned hike.

The rail operator's annual fare hike is set to kick in from 1 July.

The civil society group is rejecting the planned increase saying Metrorail and Prasa have not made any improvements to the train service since last year's price hike.

The group's Dalton Ndongeni says at least 10,000 commuters have signed a petition opposing the move.

In its memorandum, the organisation is demanding Metrorail makes several changes.

This includes improving passenger safety, upgrading disability-friendly infrastructure and having better communication with its commuters.