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Passengers on Shosholoza Meyl’s Johannesburg to Cape Town Route Forced to Conclude Journey by Bus



Shosholoza Meyl

Passengers on the Shosholoza Meyl journey from Johannesburg to Cape Town completed the rest of their trip by bus due to infrastructure challenges on the railway tracks. Despite operational and infrastructure difficulties, the train arrived in Wellington, where the journey transitioned to a bus due to the theft of overhead wire cables, as per IOL.

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The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) acknowledged the challenges, citing the theft of overhead wires between Kraaifontein and Muldersvlei as a significant factor. Prasa, Transport, and Transnet Freight Rail will collaborate on effective measures to address cable theft and improve service reliability.

Prasa recently resumed the Shosholoza Meyl service after a suspension in 2021 due to operational and network infrastructure issues. The rail agency acknowledges potential challenges in locomotive shortages and infrastructure damages, committing to implement contingency plans and work towards improving service quality.

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