fikilembalulaNews24Wire reports that the Department of Transport has budgeted a massive amount of money to get the problematic Cape Town central train line back on track.  

Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula on Thursday advised that there would be a phased re-introduction of the train service for the central line, which served commuters in Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha.  The repair plan is expected to cost R1.4-billion and will be conducted in phases.  Commuters in the area have been without train services since November 2019.  Starting in July, Mbalula announced that 80 buses would be used to transport commuters along the central line route as an interim solution for public transport while the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) attended to the massive repairs resulting from infrastructure vandalism.  As part of the plan to prevent vandalism, the department announced the building of a four-metre-high concrete barrier along the line as well the installation of security cameras.  Substations would be repaired or rebuilt, overhead electrical lines replaced and signalling modernised.  Full service was expected to be restored by April 2021 and the minister promised 232 train trips per day, with a peak frequency of 10 to 15 minutes.

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