MEC must answer for Gautrain paralysis as stormy weather halts system yet again

Dr Neil Campbell MPL

Spokesperson on Roads and Transport

Gautrain commuters on the North-South line between Johannesburg Park Station and Hatfield in Pretoria again experienced delays late yesterday afternoon as the first proper thunderstorm hit the province. Earlier this year similar problems were experienced as stormy weather pounded the line and the system could not cope.

Commuters were informed via train operators that “a major technical problem” caused the delays, but the exact cause is still unclear. The official Twitter page didn’t provide any details of the nature of the delays other than informing commuters that delays were being experienced, as required in the contract.

The DA will submit questions to Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC Ismail Vadi to determine the exact cause for the delay. The MEC, the Gautrain Management Agency and the concessionaire, Bombela, must also tell the Gautrain users why such incidents are a repeat occurrence in stormy weather and how they intend to prevent it in future.

With summer storms on the horizon it is absolutely pivotal that the various Gautrain stakeholders ensure the trains keep running on time.