Transport expert says under-investment in cape rail system has caused problems

The spate of arson attacks and vandalism on Metrorail trains has in the past few day, crippled rail services across Cape Town.

Commuters into the City have had to find alternative transport or tolerate up to 2 hour delays in rail services.

CapeTalk’s John Maytham spoke to Marianne Vanderschuren, Associate Professor at UCT in transport Studies, about the state of the rail network in Cape Town and how it could be improved.

Listen to the full conversation below:

Rail network in Cape Town is much more elaborate than in Johannesburg and Durban, and therefore it makes a better part of the pie when you look at commuters in the morning and in afternoon peaks. It is tremendously important; it is the backbone of transport in Cape Town

Marianne Vanderschuren, Associate Professor at UCT

Metrorail has its own problems and I know they’ve been trying to fix things but there has been under-investment for a long period of time

Marianne Vanderschuren, Associate Professor at UCT

The City could assist Metrorail by giving private bus companies to assist in the movement of passengers. We really need to look at the big picture and see where and what we have to feel the gaps

Marianne Vanderschuren, Associate Professor at UCT
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