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


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