Annisa Essack | firstname.lastname@example.org
25 August 2023 | 14:15 CAT
1 min read
Commuters on the Kwa-Mashu Corridor will soon enjoy the benefits of the new Electric Motor Units, which have been approved to run a commercial service between Dalbridge and Bridge City.
The new trains, part of PRASA’s modernisation and improvement of passenger rail services, have built-in safety features such as on-board CCTV cameras, an anti-crash system, wider doors and air-conditioning. They also have Voice Alert and Information Display Systems to help commuters get off at the right destination.
According to a statement from PRASA on Friday, the new trains, which are blue and white and known as Isitimela Sabantu, will start running on the Kwa-Mashu Corridor from Friday, 25 August 2023, during off-peak. The Railway Safety Regulator (RSR) has issued a No-Objection certificate for this service.
The blue and white trains are already operating on the Southern Corridor between Durban and Umbogintwini and Durban to Cato Ridge lines.
“These trains are the most advanced passenger trains in the country, and they significantly improve the passenger experience,” said PRASA Group CEO Hishaam Emeran.
He added that peak services on the Kwa-Mashu Corridor with the new trains will be announced soon, subject to RSR approval.
He also said that this financial year, plans are underway to recover the Durban to Crossmoor and Durban to Pinelands services.