CT train commuters warned of heavy delays this afternoon

Thousands of commuters were once again left stranded for hours yesterday after vandals stole cables.

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CAPE TOWN - Metrorail has warned commuters about heavy delays this afternoon during the peak-hour period due to cable theft.

Thousands of commuters were once again left stranded for hours yesterday after vandals stole cables between Netreg station and Bonteheuwel.

The delays continued this morning along the central line.



Metrorail's Riana Scott says technicians have had their hands full trying to repair the damage to the multi-core cables.



"When we have deliberate vandalism like we did of multi-core cables, it's time consuming and intricate to repair the cables; and off course with the weather we've had they could do temporary arrangements but the weather has just cleared to start tackling the real issue."

Scott says the cable theft has affected the automated signalling system as well.

"Forcing us to go to manual authorisation is a much, much slower process and we then have to cancel some trips to create capacity and to reduce the frequency of peak-hour trains, so it really is a double whammy."