Train services on CT’s central line suspended for third day

Weekly and month ticket holders will be able to use Golden Arrow buses outside of peak hours.

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CAPE TOWN - It's bad news once again for train commuters as services on the Cape Town central line remain suspended for a third consecutive day.

Weekly and month ticket holders will be able to use Golden Arrow buses outside of peak hours.

The illegal scrap metal trade is adding to Metrorail's woes.

Metrorail says it's been forced to shut down services amid persistent rail-related crime, such as cable theft, making it unsafe to run trains on the route.

Much of the stolen rail infrastructure lands up in the hands of unscrupulous metal dealers.

Metrorail's Richard Walker says that increased security measures aren't working.

“They’ve basically destroyed everything we have placed in that area. We have been covering the boxes with cages and locked them. You won’t believe it; those cages are being forced open and cables are being dug out. It has been relentless over the past nine to 12 months.”

Meanwhile, gang related crimes have also seen an increase in these communities. There’ve been more than 12 attacks on Metrorail officials in the Western Cape this year.

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(Edited by Shimoney Regter)