Longer hours for Southern Rail Line – pilot project

Don’t you wish this was the headline instead: Southern Rail Line permits bikes on trains…

But at least there are bicycle parking racks at the following eight rail stations: Monte Vista, Brackenfell, Kraaifontein, Retreat, Fish Hoek (see pic right and below), Oosterzee, Lansdowne and Eerste River.

CITY OF CAPE TOWN MEDIA RELEASE 16 MARCH 2011

City extends park-and-ride security times in support of Southern Rail Line Pilot Project

The City of Cape Town will soon be extending the operational hours of security guards at 10 park-and-rides along the Southern rail line, to coincide with Metrorail’s extended operational hours that were recently announced. Security at the park-and-rides at Claremont, Kenilworth, Plumstead, Dieprivier, Heathfield, Retreat, Lakeside, Fish Hoek, Muizenberg and Simon’s Town stations will be extended until 30 minutes after the last train has left that station.

This extended evening service on the Southern rail line forms part of a collaborative pilot project between Metrorail Western Cape, the Provincial Ministry of Transport and Public Works and the City of Cape Town to promote public transport.

The extended Southern timetable will feature three additional trains daily on weekdays, departing from Cape Town at 19:30, 20:30 and 21:15, as of 28 March 2011. The extended operational hours of security guards at park-and-rides will also be effective as of this date. This extended service is a pilot project that will run for six months. The successes and challenges of this pilot project will be monitored and evaluated, as it will inform the decision to permanently reinstate evening trains or not. The success of this pilot could see similar services introduced on other lines in the city.

 

The MEC for Transport and Public Works, Robin Carlisle, is adamant that the revival of late train services on the Southern line will help reduce the congestion on Cape Town’s roads.

“The extended service is an incentive for motorists to leave their cars and use the train instead. They now have the option of spending less time travelling to and from work using a reliable and affordable train services. My Department has provided funding for extra security on these trains to ensure that commuters are safe throughout their trips and at train stations. Commuters’ safety is my number one priority.”

The extended rail operational hours provide Capetonians the option of working flexi-hours, whilst still using public transport. Students can remain on campus for longer and still get a train home; office workers could choose to stay in town, watch an early movie or attend a social event and still use public transport to get home; and others may choose to use public transport to come to the CBD for the single purpose of attending a social event.

For more details of bicycle lanes / cycle lanes, bicycle parking or bicycle facilities, visit http://www.capetownbicyclemap.co.za.

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