Infrastructure problems at Cape Town Station

Metrorail have issued the following statement. We have been asked to request that our member companies exercise patience with staff affected by the current situation and consider implementing flexi-hours if appropriate.

We will keep you appraised as more information from Metrorail becomes available.  However, the word from Metrorail at the moment is that this may last until Monday.


Infrastructural problems over this past weekend have led to the temporary closure of platforms 11 -18 at Cape Town Station while technicians work to restore functionality. Yesterday afternoon, a PRASA CRES contractor damaged equipment that forced Metrorail the closure of platform 10 too,

Platforms 11 – 12 are normally reserved for northern trains, platforms 13 – 15 are used by Cape Flats trains, platforms 16 – 17 are used by Kapteinsklip trains and platform 18 for Chris Hani trains. Due to the closure of these platforms trains from the areas listed are being slotted in between the southern trains, leading to delays.

Mthuthuzeli Swartz, regional manager assured the traveling public that every available technical team is working around the clock to repair the infrastructure: ‘The emergency recovery team assisted by specialist contractors will attempt to restore the access to platforms in stages; with full functionality to all affected platforms expected within 14 days’.

It is expected that platform 10 will be operational later today.

Swartz apologized to customers affected by the remedial work, warning that delays can be expected but that every effort is directed at recovering the use of the closed platforms soonest.

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