Denver train collision: PRASA must act swiftly to upgrade signalling systems

By: Dr Neil Campbell MPL DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Roads and Transport The Democratic Alliance (DA) shares its sympathies with commuters who were injured in this morning’s train collision at the Denver railway station. This tragedy, allegedly caused by ailing signalling systems, would have been avoided if the Passenger Rail of South Africa (PRASA) agency – instead of fumbling, paid attention to the shocking conditions of rail infrastructure. In its recapitalisation plans, PRASA has provisioned to upgrade existing rail networks and the equipment required to operate them. Gauteng, already under severe constraint from e-tolls and rising fuel prices, cannot afford for its rail network to collapse. If it does, many poor and working class people will be left stranded and possibly retrenched. The implementation of its recapitalisation plan must be PRASA’s top priority, before Gauteng’s economy and rail network suffer even more damage. [END] ##################################################################################### Scanned by MailMarshal – M86 Security’s comprehensive email content security solution. Download a free evaluation of MailMarshal at www.m86security.com #####################################################################################