Metrorail appoints contractor to deal with sand on tracks at Simon’s Town

New measures are being introduced to keep sand from covering the train tracks in Simon’s Town.

Sand blown on to the tracks by heavy winds have restricted services recently.

Commuters and visitors to Simon's Town are currently forced to use a bus service to and from Fish Hoek because the railway tracks have disappeared under a bed of sand.

Regional Manager for Metrorail in Western Cape, Richard Walker says traditional methods of removing the sand are no longer working.

The conventional methods of how we've been sending in teams to manually remove the sand has not been as effective as it used to be.

Richard Walker, Metrorail Regional Manager

Walker says Metrorail have appointed a contractor who has machines which will remove the sand.

He says he is hopeful train services will return to normal by next week.

We are looking at three areas on that stretch; the area before Fish Hoek, at Glencairn and the Simon's Town station area, where we have problems with the sand coming over the tracks.

Richard Walker, Metrorail Regional Manager

Walker says the project will address the issues with excessive sand coming over onto the tracks from the beach.

We have been working with the city, the province and the Environmental Department. We are working on a more sustainable solution where a lot of research has gone into dunes rehabilitation process. We are now at the stage where we will probably be seeing the implementation of the recommendations.

Richard Walker, Metrorail Regional Manager

To hear more of this conversation with Metrorail's Richard Walker, listen below:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Metrorail appoints contractor to deal with sand on tracks at Simon’s Town


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI

702 welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

  • Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
  • Sexism
  • Homophobia
  • Religious intolerance
  • Cyber bullying
  • Hate speech
  • Derogatory language
  • Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the 702 community a safe and welcoming space for all.

702 reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

702 is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

Read More
Banning the bag - New Zealand retailers given deadline to phase out plastic bags

Banning the bag - New Zealand retailers given deadline to phase out plastic bags

New Zealand has given retailers six months to phase out single-use plastic bag or face fines of up to NZ$100,000.

WCED 'extremely concerned' by recent child abductions in Cape Town

WCED 'extremely concerned' by recent child abductions in Cape Town

MEC of Education Debbie Schäfer confirmed that two girls aged 11 and 18 were abducted in Zonnebloem recently.

'He told me people would want to keep him quiet at any cost'

'He told me people would want to keep him quiet at any cost'

Journalist Gavin Evans says the late Mark Minnie spoke to him about his fears that those he exposed in his book might harm him.

[WATCH] Joburg driver evades gun-wielding hijackers

[WATCH] Joburg driver evades gun-wielding hijackers

This video shows how this driver escapes a hijacking in what can be seen as either a courageous or a risky manoeuvre.

South Africans are switching to overseas TV services which could be illegal

South Africans are switching to overseas TV services which could be illegal

Editor at MyBroadband.co.za says some international broadcast services could be illegal to stream from SA.

[LISTEN] 'We have proof that Montana orchestrated the torching of trains'- NTM

[LISTEN] 'We have proof that Montana orchestrated the torching of trains'- NTM

NTM says Lucky Montana told security guards to torch trains to avoid a corruption expose that was going to implicate him.

Popular articles
[WATCH] What a 'braai' baby!  - boy cries hysterically for a braai!

[WATCH] What a 'braai' baby! - boy cries hysterically for a braai!

Khabazela shares Facebook posts that have gone viral, including an emotional confrontation of a bully.

'He told me people would want to keep him quiet at any cost'

'He told me people would want to keep him quiet at any cost'

Journalist Gavin Evans says the late Mark Minnie spoke to him about his fears that those he exposed in his book might harm him.

ANC Tshwane says the City's mayor knew of the looted R12 billion

ANC Tshwane says the City's mayor knew of the looted R12 billion

ANC Tshwane spokesperson Bafuze Yabo gives details of their planned action against the City of Tshwane.

Jacques Pauw: We need more evidence on the 'The Lost Boys of Bird Island' book

Jacques Pauw: We need more evidence on the 'The Lost Boys of Bird Island' book

Investigative journalist and author Jacques Pauw shares his thoughts on 'The Lost Boys of Bird Island' book.

[WATCH] Kid goes from 'be a fart machine at work' to 'I love you dad'

[WATCH] Kid goes from 'be a fart machine at work' to 'I love you dad'

Khabazela shares tweets & videos that have gone viral including a parrot that told firefighters the F-word during its rescue.

[WATCH] Dad dresses up as a mom so his sons don't feel left out on Mother's Day

[WATCH] Dad dresses up as a mom so his sons don't feel left out on Mother's Day

Khabazela shares Facebook posts, YouTube videos that have gone viral including one with the smartest dogs.

'Black Tax'... working hard, earning well, but struggling financially

'Black Tax'... working hard, earning well, but struggling financially

Young(ish) South Africans tell stories of the mixed emotions they feel when supporting family members, and tips from an advisor.