Reinstatement following vandalism and rail infrastructure theft

South Africa on track to return ten rail corridors to service

The South African government intends to return to service ten priority corridors that were identified for rehabilitation following the vandalism and the theft of rail infrastructure that took place during the Covid lockdown.

Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) acting Group CEO David Mphelo said on Wednesday: "Through the War Room that we have established and the commitment from our employees, we envision completing the work on the key priority corridors by the end of this calendar year.”

Of the 40 corridors in the country, 17 corridors are operational. In an effort to rehabilitate the corridors that were destroyed, the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) commenced upgrading the rail infrastructure and stations in April 2021.

Ten corridors were identified as a priority based on the volume of passengers per corridor, the demand for the service, the extent of damage, and the time required to recover and rehabilitate the corridor.



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