Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Metrorail reconsiders contingency plans following strike chaos

Metrorail will revise its contingency plans following Monday morning’s chaos that left more than 600-thousand train commuters stranded or delayed because of the Transnet strike in Gauteng. Metrorail spokesperson Thandi Mlangeni says the usual plan of deploying alternative transport for train passengers did not work, due to the high number of people using Metrorail’s services. Trains in the Johannesburg and Vaal areas were running at around six-percent, while in Tshwane operations were running at 40 percent. Transnet workers are striking over the proposed restructuring of the parastatal, and have warned of a nationwide strike on the 6th of March if the issue is not resolved.

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