Mbalula sets ambitious targets for passenger rail in SA

Mbalula sets ambitious targets for passenger rail in SA

Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula is seen during a press briefing. Picture: Jacques Nelles

Among the plans is improving the on-time performance of Metrorail from 73.3 percent to 85 percent.

A ministerial war room will drive a plan to dramatically improve the on-time performance of commuter rail services in South Africa within the next 100 days, Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula said on Tuesday.

“Specific targets that must be realised in the next hundred days include improving on-time performance of Metrorail from 73.3 percent to 85 percent,” Mbalula told members of parliament (MPs) while delivering his department’s budget vote in parliament.

“In respect of Shosholoza Meyl [to] improve on-time arrivals from 13 percent to above 50 percent.”

Shosholoza Meyl is the division of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa which operates long-distance passenger services in the country.

Other targets include increasing the number of Metrorail train sets available from the current average of 200 to 291.

African News Agency (ANA)

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