Commuters and visitors to Simon’s Town continue to be forced to use buses to and from Fish Hoek because the railway tracks have disappeared under a bed of sand.
Metrorail made a commitment in March to get a contractor to remove the sand from the tracks but it seems that promise fell through.
Regional Manager at Metrorail Western Cape, Richard Walker, says they experienced challenges with the appointed contractor in terms of getting some of the heavy machinery on site.
The project is being delayed by two weeks but machines have now arrived and work will commence.
We are now targeting to have the sand cleared by the end of the month (April).— Richard Walker, Metrorail Regional Manager
We are also busy implementing the new signalling system and we need to ensure that the sand is cleared in the Simon's Town and Fish Hoek area.— Richard Walker, Metrorail Regional Manager
Walker says negotiations are underway with the City to ensure continued rehabilitation of sand dunes around Simon's Town, which is a sustainable solution to the sand problem.
Listen below to hear the rest of the interview with Richard Walker: