News agency, Cape Town, South Africa
Monday July 22nd 2019

New trains for Khayelitsha residents

Siyabonga Kalipa

Twenty-thousand people in Khayelitsha now have access to train transport to help them get around. A new Metrorail line extension has enabled a shuttle service to operate from the Khayelitsha train station to two new stations that reach parts of Khayelitsha that have never been serviced before.

The new stations are Chris Hani station, which services Nkanini and Makhaza, and Kuyasa station, which services an area by the same name.

The train started operating on Monday and runs to the Kuyasa and Chris Hani stations every day between 9am and 3pm.

Kuyasa resident Nomawabo Nomavayi said: “I am very happy about it because now it means no more having to take a taxi to Khayelitsha station, which was costing us R8 every day.”

Another resident from Nkanini, Krisimesi Mgwane, said while the train was good news, it should run earlier in the mornings, when most residents needed transport to work.

But not everyone is happy about it.

Nkanini resident Nobuze Katima said before the line was built residents of Nkanini had been able to use illegal electricity connections to a neighbouring suburb, but that the train line had stopped this practice.

Although happy that there was a transport option other than taxis, she said the community was also unhappy because cleaners at the station were not from the area.

A Metrorail media release issued on Tuesday said the extension of the Khayelitsha railway line was the first new track since the inception of the Khayelitsha service in 1989.

A single metro ticket from Cape Town to Kuyasa or Chris Hani stations costs R7.30 and a single between Khayelitsha and Kuyasa or Chris Hani stations sells for R4.20.

Metrorail said the project would reach about 20,000 residents, providing opportunities to access jobs and economic activities.

Western Cape Metrorail spokesperson Riana Scott said the shuttle service would run until October. Once all work was completed, a full train schedule would run. — West Cape News

Tags: Khayelitsha, metrorail, trains

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4 Responses to “New trains for Khayelitsha residents”

  1. nonkosi says:

    I have a better idea that can save Metrorail’s ticket system.

  2. admin says:

    And that would be? Let’s hear it.

  3. Nololo says:

    We not all happy bcs the train start at about 9. of which some of us already at work so we still spending money to the taxis,
    so im not happy at all!!
    Plz Metro Rail you must think before u do!!

  4. lwandiso says:

    we need more trains on sundays too people are going to church, work,and so on is busy just like mondays

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