Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Metrorail confident on service amid strike action

By Ofentse Mokae
30 March 2010

Metrorail is confident that its train service will operate fully today.

The commuter service says indications are that most employees will report for duty with a minority electing to exercise their right to strike.

It is expected that members of trade union SATAWU, a COSATU affiliate will embark on a strike action.

Regional Manager Stephen Ngobeni says workers will mostly affect ticket verification at stations but trains are expected to operate on schedule today.

“Technicians completed most of the repairs and trains on the northern and southern service areas will run on schedule,” said Ngobeni.

Ngobeni says yesterday in the Nyanga area repairs were taking longer than anticipated due to extensive damage wrought.

The train service to Khayelitsha, Kapteinsklip and Mitchell’s Plain was operating with 30 minute intervals.

However the Railway and Provincial Police were on full alert last night with patrols to prevent overnight attempts for cable theft that left the service severely disrupted yesterday morning.

In the unlikely event of train service disruptions today commuters with weekly or monthly train tickets have an option to use Golden Arrow Bus Services off-peak after 9am and 6pm.

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