Metrorail diary: Monday

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Photo of trains in Nyanga station
Stationary trains in Nyanga Station today. Photo: Bernard Chiguvare

In the first of a series of short reports, Bernard Chiguvare describes his daily battle to get to work using Metrorail.

Today I was aiming to get the 07:15 am train from Nyanga Junction to Cape Town. It is an express train, which is supposed to stop at very few stations on its way to Cape Town.

I was at the station by 07:00. Metro rail ticket checkers were present at the entrance but did not check tickets.

At platforms 3, 5 and 6 there were stationary trains. From the time I arrived until 07:26 there was no announcement as to why the trains were not operating normally.

Was this going to be a blue Monday? Why were these ticket checkers not doing their work? I joined hundreds of metro rail passengers who were now restless.

At 07:26 I jumped into a fully packed train that was going to Cape Town via Pinelands.

I arrived at Salt River at 07:58 then rushed to platform 2 to catch the Rondebosch train. It was running 13 minutes late.

I got to work at 8:30. Not too bad a trip, all things considered.

See  Tuesday and Thursday.

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