Friday, June 23, 2006

Metrorail Commuters were left stranded yesterday evening

By Busisiwe Mtabane

Yesterday evening Metrorail commuters were stuck in trains for more than two hours on the Northern line. With no reason given why the trains were suddenly halted. After 8 PM an announcer announced that the trains on the Northern lines would be subjected to delays. No explanation for the delay or indication as to the length of the delay was given.

According to eyewitnesses some commuters at the Bellville station started to attack the ticket verifiers who ran for safety. Fortunately no one was injured during the incident. When asked about what happened yesterday, Metrorail spokesperson Riana Scott said “We have so many trains, so it is impossible for me to keep track of each train”. After keeping Bush Radio on the line for five minuteswe were told that it was due to cable theft.

When asked why passengers were not told about the delay she said “The PA announcer did not know what was happening, she did not have any information that is why she did not mention it during the announcements’’.


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