A life-size mock-up of a new train arrived – by truck at Cape Town station on Friday, ahead of the rollout of the Passenger Rail Agency of SA’s new fleet.
Transport minister Blade Nzimande is expected to unveil the coach on April 2 and exhibit the new fleet’s sophisticated features.
Gerald January, of Elsies River, who watched the mock-up being unloaded in the station courtyard, said he hoped the new trains would improve the commuter service.
According to the commuter, since he started using trains in 1976, service had never been as bad as it was now.
“Every day we are late for work because trains are either late or broken down. Maybe when the new fleet is introduced things will improve, and trains will hopefully be a lot safer than they are now,” he said.
Sarah Fortein, of Eerste River, said even though she woke early to catch a 5.30am train, she was always late for work.
Fortein said seeing the new coach gave her hope.
Another Eerste River resident, Lester Kok, was not as optimistic. “What difference will new coaches make when we still have a problem of cables that are vandalised every day?” he asked.
“I don’t see how the service will improve … unless the whole system is overhauled.”