Cape Town’s rail network has gotten an upgrade with the introduction of a new automated control centre in Bellville.

The Bellville Rail Management and Traffic Control Centre (RM&TCC) was launched on Friday, October 16 and is the new control centre at Prasa’s operations headquarters. It will see the automation of all passenger rail operations, improve on-time performance of passenger trains as well as safety.

It will also be used to co-ordinate and integrate the activities of Customer Services, Train Operations, Infrastructure, Rolling Stock, Protection Service and Marketing & Communication departments.

The control centre cost R2-billion and brings a shift from manual to automatic operations, especially necessary as vandalism has impacted on Prasa’s ability to deliver services in the past.

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