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CAPE TOWN - Train services on Cape Town's central line remain suspended after thousands of commuters were left in the lurch on Monday.

Metrorail put the brakes on services on the busy route, due to ongoing cable theft and vandalism.

The rail operator explained it simply couldn't run a service on the line because of safety concerns.

On Tuesday the company has made alternative arrangements.

Metrorail's Riana Scott explains: “Our weekly and monthly ticket holders may use Golden Arrow buses off peak. We will not be selling singles or returns to give people cash to make alternative arrangements.”

Scott adds that technicians are working flat out to get trains moving again on the central line.

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The poor train services are hurting the Mother City’s economy.

The Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry says ongoing disruptions to metro rails operations are costing businesses and workers dearly.

The chamber’s Janine Myburgh says: “There’s also the expediential effect of thousands of rand in stolen copper, which actually equates to millions in terms of destruction of property and disruption of services.”

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

This article first appeared on EWN : Metrorail services on CT's central line remain suspended

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