Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Commuters left stranded this morning

By Kim Saulse
31 March 2010

Metrorail commuters were further inconvenienced this morning after vandals damaged communication cables, causing heavy delays and overcrowding.

Metrorail spokesperson Riana Scott says the damaged cables in several service areas prevented trains from operating according to the timetable.

“Instead trains had to be manually authorized to shuttle between stations to clear platforms of morning peak rush,” said Scott.

Contingency plans have been put in place until the backlog has been cleared.

Trains are expected to operate according to schedule before the afternoon peak.

Scott says despite yesterdays strike action, 94% of all trains were on time.

“About 150 employees remain on strike until further notice while a dedicated negotiating team continues to seek an amicable resolution to the impasse,” said Scott.


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