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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Transnet has announced the immediate suspension of all Blue Train services.

The suspension came into effect yesterday.

Last week, operations were also halted after a fire broke out in one of the coaches of the Blue Train.

Services were also halted late last year after the train was involved in an accident.

Transnet spokesperson Ayanda Shezi says the aim is to reinstate services as soon as possible.

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Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has committed R7 billion to be invested in improving train services.

The Minister says PRASA in the Western Cape has so far been able to re-establish 5 of the Mother City’s largest train services.

The Southern Line, the Retreat to Fish Hoek service and the Fish Hoek to Simon’s Town services have been in operation since last year.

Mbalula says the Cape Town to Bellvile and Cape Town via Pinelands railway service should be operational again by March.

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PRASA in the Western Cape has committed itself to refurbish and upgrade 39 of the province’s train stations in the current financial year.

According to Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula, 5 of these stations will be upgraded by the Western Cape Region.

The Minister visited Cape Town this morning as part of an oversight visit to gauge the progress of the stations’ refurbishment.

Mbalula says the majority of the stations have been severely vandalized.

The Minister says the aim is to give Capetonians access to quality and reliable train services.

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