Trial run for Bellville to Ysterplaat train line

Metrorail says it is starting with trial operations to recover the central line.

The Bellville to Ysterplaat line through Lavistown station has been undergoing trial operations since Tuesday July 26, says Metrorail.

This follows an announcement by Metrorail on Monday July 25 that it is recovering the central-line train service.

The re-introduced lines, including the one running from Cape Town to Langa through Pinelands station, have been closed since 2019 due to vandalism on the central line, according to acting Metrorail spokeswoman Nana Zenani.

“For the safe passage of trains, the infrastructure had to be rebuilt from the foundations up, including the rail tracks, rail clips and formations of the trains,” said Ms Zenani.

Metrorail had to repair five substations – at Bellville, Maitland, Langa, Belhar and Kasselsvlei – along the Cape Town-Bellville-Langa route, she said, adding that security deployment for the central line corridor had also needed to be improved.

“This can be witnessed at stations, on board trains and between the stations protecting the infrastructure,” she said.

Two train sets are operational on the central line service between Langa and Cape Town, and, as of Tuesday July 26, an additional train set has been added to the central line service to run between Bellville and Cape Town through Lavistown.