As Capetonians restarted the working week on Monday, Metrorail said its services were back on track. Last week, train services were halted after vandals cut signal cables on the Phillip line, leaving hundreds of thousands of commuters stranded. Vandals first struck last Wednesday leaving cables in 25 areas ruined.
On Friday, while repairs were in progress another four signal cables were damaged.
“It’s already been fixed and services were back in operation this morning,” said Metrorail spokesperson Riana Scott.
These have been repaired and all 11 stations are reopened and running.
“We have had subsequent incidences of vandalism on Friday while our technicians were repairing the previous. That two has been repaired and we are happy to report that this morning we ran a normal service,” said Scott.
Damages amounted to more than R2.5 million, the railway company said. Due to a dense quantity of commuters, stations were open on Sunday between 6am and 6pm.
Commuters were encouraged to buy their tickets at the time to avoid endlessly long queues.
“The morning peak went well and all is back on track,” reassured Scott. VOC (Nailah Cornelissen)