Commuters in the Western Cape can now travel by train once again, following the completion of repair works between Retreat and Fishoek Stations on the Southern Line.
The latest repairs come after two suspects were caught cutting 11kv lines between Retreat and Fishoek Stations on the weekend of October 9th and 10th.
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According to Metrorail, the suspects proceeded to throw the cut 11 kV line onto live 3kv overhead electric lines at Fishoek Station. The two wires touched, causing damage to the four-mast poles as well as the lines.
“Various intense replacement works had to be undertaken before the trains could operate on the Southern Line again. This includes the replacement of cut 11kv and 3kv lines, the rebuilding of four damaged mast poles, including the replacement of their foundations, to name a few,” Metrorail said.
Metrorail went on to say that all the repair work took place before the electric lines could be strung up and switched on to allow for operations. The total repair costs for Retreat and Fishoek and Glencairn Stations is approximately R4.5 million.
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