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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Metrorail Western Cape will, from today, operate its new blue trains on the Cape Flats and Southern Lines.

The trains will be in operation during peak periods – in the morning and afternoon – with more sets to be gradually introduced.

Metrorail spokesperson, Nana Zenani says the new trains will play an important role in improving services and on-time performance.

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