'People's train' makes its first appearance on Prasa tracks in Cape Town

The so-called “people’s train”, produced in South Africa, has made its first appearance in Cape Town this week.

2020-10-21 12:54:00 PM

The so-called “people’s train”, produced in South Africa, that would hopefully bring an end to commuter woes has made its first appearance in Cape Town this week.

The so-called “people’s train”, produced in South Africa, has made its first appearance in Cape Town this week.

ShareCape Town - The so-called “people’s train”, produced in South Africa, that would hopefully bring an end to commuter woes has made its first appearance in Cape Town this week.Metrorail spokesperson Zino Mihi said they have received two train sets (up to 10 coaches) on Monday. The sets would be rolled out on the Southern and Cape Flats lines.

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Mihi said Metrorail would first be implementing the security plan and would work with the Railway Safety Regulator (RSR) to ensure that the commercial service was safe before the operation.The trains arrived 18 months after President Cyril Ramaphosa unveiled the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) train sets in Cape Town, but none of those have been seen running.

United National Transport Union (Untu) spokesperson Sonja Carstens said when Ramaphosa launched the train sets in April last year, “I said they won’t be running soon”.“It was just a publicity stunt before the election and I was right they haven’t been running since. The same with this, it is once again creating unrealistic expectations within the Cape Town community that there will be trains running soon, while we all know that the overhead cables and the platforms have not been adjusted for these trains,” Carstens said.

“It’s ‘pie in the sky’ to think that we’re going to see those trains running with commuters soon."It’s once again six months before the local government elections and they want to win the Western Cape so obviously they are playing a political game.

“They must start a holistic approach; firstly, they must find alternative housing for people who have built on railway lines and provide them with water and sanitation.”The first Commercial EMU just arrived in the Western Cape. For the next 6 months, my team and I will be hard at work ensuring we receive the Railway Safety Regulator's approval to operate these trains for the benefit of the Western Cape Community.

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