Expert: Intervention needed to avert total collapse of CT's rail system

The City of Cape Town will be tabling a proposal to take over management of the rail network in Cape Town before council on Thursday.

FILE: A metrorail train station in Cape Town. Picture: Regan Thaw/EWN

CAPE TOWN - A transport expert says urgent and integrated intervention is needed to avert a total collapse of the rail system.

The City of Cape Town will be tabling a proposal to take over management of the rail network in Cape Town before council on Thursday.

CEO of Transport Futures, Richard Gordge says that this system is mirrored in other countries around the world and is a good idea.

However, Gordge says the current situation for Metrorail is one of absolute crisis.

“Devolution is obviously a very good thing because then all different modes of transport can be considered together but the real issue the city and the province and business need to be focused on is how can we avert a total collapse of the rail system itself.”

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