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Metrorail adjusts timetable to reflect train cancellations

Metrorail has amended their timetables in light of vandalism and arson attacks over the the past few months.

At least six trains and 10 carriages were set alight, in addition to stolen and destroyed signalling equipment.

Metrorail spokesperson Riana Scott says that the estimated loss amounts to R139 million, which she says is a conservative cost.

As a result, 40 of its peak hour trains have been cancelled indefinitely following an official update from the rail operator.

Scott says the cancellations had been in place for some time, but the rail operator adjusted the timetable to reflect the long-term changes after receiving customer complaints.

It's not additional cancellations. These trains have not been available since the end of April.

Riana Scott, Metrorail spokesperson

According to Scott, trains on the Northern Line have been most affected.

Scott explains that alternative measures, such as bus transport, are practicality difficult to implement due to the high commuter volumes and limited fleet capacity.

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