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Less accidents, more trains on time since inception of war room - Prasa

The war room was launched by Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula in August.

Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula inspects rail infrastructure at the Transnet Freight Rail yard in Durban on 15 August 2019. Picture: @MbalulaFikile/Twitter

JOHANNESBURG - Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) on Monday said since the inception of the war room, its overall on-time performance had increased to 63%.

The war room was launched by Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula in August.

The project was aimed at addressing safety and security concerns and the quality of operations.

Mbalula painted an encouraging picture of the affairs at Prasa since the inception of the war room.

He said among the successes cited was that speed limits have been reduced by 25 kilometres per hour.

“Already, progress has been made towards ensuring an increase in train sets, availability, improved on-time performance.”

But safety remained a major concern: “This is one of the areas where we need to really double our efforts to ensure that those who use our services are free from harm, while the work done from Prasa in addressing security gaps is encouraging, we need to accelerate our interventions.”

WATCH: PRASA | Minister Mbalula receives Prasa war room progress report