Minister of Transport Fikile Mbalula has launched the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) war room.
The initiative is aimed at addressing long-standing passenger safety issues that have plagued commuter trains for years. Mbalula says the war room will focus on three pillars, including service delivery.
The war room will monitor trains, check for arrival times and address infrastructure problems at Prasa.
John Maytham speaks to #UniteBehind media and communications officer Matthew Hirsch.
It does sound serious. We find the term slightly problematic.— Matthew Hirsch, Media and communications officer - #UniteBehind
We welcome any initiative to have greater safety on trains and we have been calling for this since 2017. We haven't had a chance to see the full effects of this war room.— Matthew Hirsch, Media and communications officer - #UniteBehind
We have been calling for more than a year for a commuter service safety plan. We feel that this is urgent.— Matthew Hirsch, Media and communications officer - #UniteBehind
In the Metrorail Regions and Mainline Passenger Services (MLPS), the War Room structure will be replicated and performance information reported on daily. The War Room will go live on Monday, 12 August 2019. #FixingTransport pic.twitter.com/BHNirvbBKi— Minister of Transport |Mr Fix (@MbalulaFikile) August 8, 2019
The War Room will be supported by a Technical Task Team primarily made up of experts with in-depth knowledge and experience in— Minister of Transport |Mr Fix (@MbalulaFikile) August 8, 2019
•business process engineering and modelling. #FixingTransport pic.twitter.com/nLZW3qQXyV
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