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New trains won't solve passenger problems - PAC

Apr 28 2015 19:04
Naledi Shange, News24

Johannesburg - Metrorail would not solve the problems experienced by train commuters by purchasing new trains, the Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) said on Tuesday. 

The new trains would simply plaster over the big cracks which exist in the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa), said PAC spokesperson Kenneth Mokgatlhe.  

"The maintenance related, poor scheduling and insecurity remain a daily experience of commuters," Mokgatlhe said in a statement. 

"Moreover, the rail system has caught in the vicious circle of under-investment and legacy signal technology. This reflects lack of strategic focus from the leadership of Prasa," he said.

The PAC called on the transport department to review the management system as it claimed rails needed to be expanded to most parts of the country.

Early on Tuesday morning, two passenger trains collided in Denver, Johannesburg, killing a Metrorail employee.

The woman, a safety officer, was at the back of a stationary Metro Plus train carrying 700 people when it was rear-ended at about 07:00 by a Business Express train.

Over 200 people were injured in the incident. 

The PAC conveyed its condolences to the family of the deceased woman and wished a speedy recover to the injured.


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