Metrorail’s Northern Line services to be affected this week after fire

At least eight carriages have been destroyed and three more coaches badly damaged.

FILE: A Metrorail train. Picture: Giovanna Gerbi/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Metrorail says its services on the Northern Line will be affected this week, after three trains were damaged by a fire in Kraaifontein.

At least eight carriages have been destroyed and three more coaches badly damaged.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this stage.

Metrorail’s regional manager Richard Walker says commuters travelling on the Northern Line will be affected.

“It’s unfortunate that commuters on the Northern Line will be the worst affected and we will definitely see the impact of this on Tuesday when holidaymakers return to work.”

Walker says while the exact extent of the damage is yet to be determined, it's believed the cost will run into the millions.

“There is also damage to the overheard infrastructures, electric tractions and wires under which the trains were standing.”

He says the incident is under investigation.