Metrorail announced on 25 May that an additional R20m has been allocated to compensate victims of two recent train accidents. Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) CEO Lucky Montana told a media briefing that the company was “seriously concerned” about the accidents in Soweto on 19 May and near Pretoria on 8 April. Montana [...]
On 23 March, following the Soweto collision in which 857 commuters were injured. the United Transport and Allied Trade Union (Utatu) urged the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) to acquire modern technology that would assist drivers in cases of human error. Preliminary investigations suggest that the second train was travelling too fast and [...]
on May 31, 2011 in South Africa
Selected people are to be brought back from retirement on a short-term basis to mentor newer drivers, Metrorail CEO Mosenngwa Mofi told a media briefing in the aftermath of the 19 May Soweto collision. Other action contemplated, he said, involved strengthening the human factor management programme. This monitors driver-related issues such as fatigue, fitness for [...]
on November 22, 2010 in South Africa
South African intercity passenger train operator Shosholoza Meyl, a division of the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) has announced the reinstatement of service and a revised schedule to be fully implemented at the end of November 2010. This comes following the total suspension of trains in mid-August and the partial resumption of some services [...]
on July 2, 2010 in South Africa
Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) CEO Tshepo Lucky Montana, quoted by Engineering News, says the building of the proposed passenger rail line linking the Cape Town international airport to the city’s central business district has been delayed owing to “complications” over funding. “He says the project has been put on a waiting list [...]
Following reports of an incident affecting the overhead power line of a PRASA Rail train en route from Redhill to Greenwood Park in KwaZulu-Natal, which resulted in a number of injuries, the Railway Safety Regulator has launched an investigation into the incident. Preliminary indications suggest that an electrical fault occurred on either the motor coach [...]
Tubular Track (Pty) Ltd recently completed a successful project for the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa). “We were subcontracted to deviate the existing Metrorail lines at Burnett Street in the heart of Pretoria, to accommodate the new Gautrain line, which is to run alongside at this location,” the company’s contracts director Craig Tengstrom [...]
on December 1, 2009 in South Africa
Beneath a severely understated headline “SA trains soon steaming uphill”, James-Brent Styan writes in Beeld: “Passenger train services in South Africa can collapse within the next two years”. He quotes Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) CEO Lucky Montana saying the assets are old and falling apart. “On top of this, there is too [...]
on December 1, 2009 in South Africa
One of the biggest challenges facing the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) is the developing of a new financial model. “It is critically important,” CEO Lucky Montana told Beeld’s James-Brent Styan, “that a plan be developed between the national treasury and the Department of Transport, to make it possible to realise capital aims [...]
on November 21, 2009 in South Africa
Cape Town commuters who have to work over weekends have been left stranded without notice because Metrorail cancelled the suburban train service, according to a Cape Argus report. No advance notice was given, no announcements made and no alternative buses provided. The paper was told that maintenance work for the Soccer World Cup in June [...]
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