prasaCape Argus reports that the Western Cape provincial government and the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) have signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to revive the Central Line.  

The route has been plagued by theft and vandalising of infrastructure, while its railway lines have been invaded by shack dwellers.  Under the agreement, the province and the City of Cape Town will provide land invaders with alternative land and assist with protection of infrastructure and commuters.  Metrorail spokesperson Riana Scott noted that previous MOUs included the provincial government providing scramblers and installing high-mast lighting at stations and, more recently, part funding of the Rail Enforcement Unit (REU).  Transport Mayco member Felicity Purchase said they would assist in relocation of land invaders once they had finalised the land to be made available from the national Department of Public Works, and a budget allocation had been provided.  The Central Line, a corridor from Cape Town train station to Chris Hani in Khayelitsha, with a connecting line from Philippi towards Kapteinsklip in Mitchells Plain, was suspended in November 2019 due to “unprecedented theft and vandalism”.  “The Central Line is needed to realise jobs, safety and dignity for the people of the Cape Flats and its functioning is of paramount importance to us.  Our understanding is that the institutional failures within Prasa are the primary impediment to meaningful progress,” Transport and Public Works MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela indicated.

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