Metrorail rejigs CT train schedule following vandalism, arson attacks

The rail operator has amended its timetable, which has seen at least 30 trips cancelled indefinitely.

FILE: Several delays visible on the electronic timetable at Cape Town Station following arson and vandalism of Metrorail property. Picture: Aletta Harrison/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The destruction of six trains in separate arson attacks over the past few months in Cape Town have resulted in major delays to Metrorail's peak hour schedules.

The rail operator has amended its timetable, which has seen at least 30 trips cancelled indefinitely.

Since the start of the year, the service has suffered millions of rands worth of damage due to arson attacks and vandalism.

Metrorail's Riana Scott said: "We've listed all the train numbers affected by the trains destroyed by arson that are not going to be back in the next six, 12 or 18 months depending on the damage. We've removed them from the timetable so that our customers can know those trains are not running and they can make plans to get other trains."