Western Cape Transport MEC Daylin Mitchell says authorities are still working to find an amicable solution that would allow for the reopening of the B97 taxi route.

The taxi route, running between Paarl and Bellville, was closed on 26 July after the flare-up of violence between competing taxi associations CATA & CODETA.

Mitchell says an extension of the route suspension was published last week.

He says he understands that taxi operators are losing money because of this closure but adds that the safety of commuters is now of main concern.

The Western Cape branch of SANTACO has meanwhile also called on the CATA & CODETA taxi associations to continue engaging with authorities.

SANTACO Western Cape spokesperson Mandla Hermanus says the safety of taxi commuters should enjoy priority should the B97 route be reopened.

Hermanus says further engagement between role-players is of great importance.

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Metrorail Western Cape says it has successfully relaunched its Northern Line between Cape Town and Bellville earlier today.

The first train departed Bellville at 05:40 am bound for Cape Town Station.

This is after the line was closed along with the rest of Metrorail operations with the introduction of the Covid-19 hard lockdown that saw all public transportation operations halted.

Metrorail acting spokesperson Nana Zenani says they have been hard at work this past few days to reintroduce the service.

 

Metrorail focused on the following aspects to get the services running again:

  1. Corridor Condition Assessment
  2. Rail infrastructure upgrades and repairs
  3. Station facilities upgrades
  4. Rail track griding to improve track formation
  5. Operational planning and service design in order to produce a timetable
  6. Testing of the line
  7. Staff training

The operator ran empty trains over the past two days (Monday the 14th and Tuesday 15 March) as part of fulfilling the regulatory mandate before operations could start.

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