The Passenger Rail Agency of South
Africa (PRASA) has awarded Gibela a provisional acceptance certificate
for the first X’Trapolis train set, which arrived from Brazil earlier
this year. The provisional acceptance certificate will pave the way for
(PRASA) to start trial runs in preparation for the commencement of
commercial service, scheduled for the latter half of 2017.
PRASA has announced that the first phase of the trials are scheduled
to run between Pienaarspoort Station in Mamelodi and Rissik Street
Station in Hatfield, Pretoria, between 1 December and 16 January. PRASA
indicated that the initial run will be conducted without passengers
onboard, in compliance with the safety standards stipulated by the
Railway Safety Regulator of South Africa (RSR). However, from 18 January
to 28 February 2017, the second phase of the trial run will give
passengers an opportunity to travel on the new train between
Koedoespoort Station and Rissik Street Station.
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