City of CT welcomes announcement to reform the rail sector
The City of Cape Town has welcomed Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana’s announcement in Parliament that the national government intended to introduce reforms in the rail sector by bringing in third-party operators and competition.
Mayoral Committee Member for Transport Rob Quintas said while it was sadly too little and almost possibly too late, it was nonetheless welcome.
He said approximately 570,000 passenger trips per day had either moved from passenger rail to road-based transport modes, or these passengers were no longer economically active.
Quintas said Capetonians had deserted the trains because the service was unreliable, unpredictable, and unsafe.
He added they were looking forward to engaging the national government about the announcement.