Cape Town – Following the destruction of more Metrorail trains on Friday, the City of Cape Town has deployed additional MyCiti buses to the Cape Flats.
The buses would be deployed on the N2 Express route between Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha and Cape Town to assist commuters affected by the expected delays in the train service on Monday.
Mayoral committee member for Transport for Cape Town (TCT), Brett Herron, condemned the destruction of train carriages on Friday evening at the Kraaifontein staging yard, as well as at Cape Town Station and Woodstock Station.
“The sabotage of the service by illegal strikers and the longstanding issues with Metrorail’s infrastructure – among which are defective signal systems and point detection, as well as electrical malfunction – must be addressed as a matter of urgency,” Herron said.
He was concerned with the effect the destruction could have on the local economy and congested roads as the delays forced commuters to make use of private vehicles or other road-based private vehicles.
According to Herron, the City’s Transport Information Centre received 8 297 calls on Friday, as opposed to the 4 887 on the previous Friday.
Another 6 000 calls were received on Saturday, mostly related to the delays and commuters being stranded and not knowing how to get home or to work.
Golden Arrow Bus Service (GABS) have been requested to provide additional buses to prevent commuters from being stranded or delayed. Between six and eight additional MyCiTi bus trips will be deployed on the N2 Express route during the peak hours.
The first buses on Route D01 (Khayelitsha East) and Route D02 (Khayelitsha West) will depart from Kuyasa at 05:00 on weekdays.
The first buses on Route D03 (Mitchells Plain East) depart from the Town Centre at 05:34 on weekdays and the buses on Route D04 (Mitchells Plain West) depart from the Kapteinsklip railway station at 05:10 on weekdays.
A MyCiTi journey along these routes would cost approximately R14.80 (one-way) during the peak-hour period and approximately R11.60 during the off-peak period on the Mover package.