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

Denver train collision
April 28, 2015

The Democratic Alliance (DA) shares its sympathies with commuters who were injured in this morning’s train collision at the Denver railway station. DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Roads and Transport Neil Campbell

Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA)

This tragedy, allegedly caused by ailing signalling systems, would have been avoided if the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) – 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.

Collapse of Gauteng Rail Network

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.

 

Media enquiries:

Dr Neil Campbell MPL

DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Roads and Transport

082 387 2540

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