PICS: Gautrain disruptions leave commuters irate

01 June 2016 - 10:14 By TMG Digital

In the absence of official comment‚ cable theft and fare increases were among the reasons cited as possible reasons for the delays which affected two large segments of the Gautrain network on Wednesday morning. Notice posted at OR Tambo. Picture: Kyle ZeemaneNCA quoted Gautrain spokesperson Kesagee Nayager as saying the delays stemmed from a train that was stuck “in the vicinity” of the Sandton station. She gave no indication as to how long the problem would take to rectify. Picture: Abigail JavierPicture: Abigail JavierIrate commuters took to Twitter to voice their frustration:This is a mess though and the worst way to start one's day.... The gautrain is becoming more inconvenient #Gautrain— Estelle Yonela Jali (@EstelleJMelle) June 1, 2016async #Gautrain: The situation at Sandton worse than Park Station. A real inconvenience, half of Sandton force is late— Thulani Ndaba (@tndaba) June 1, 2016async Over 200 commuters now queuing for #Gautrain busses in Sandton as trains experience technical issues from Sandton.— Xolani Mbanjwa (@mbanjwax) June 1, 2016 async Line to buses to Rosebank and Park. ..... this is a joke really— Lihle Shube (@princesssslihle) June 1, 2016async Señor Bob ‏@_NateO_tweeted: “@702JohnRobbie so the temporary cessation of gautrain operation is due to cables that were stolen along the rosebank-sandton line....HOW?” The shuttered gate of the northern entrance to Gautrain’s Rosebank station. Picture: Barry McCullumAnti Corrupt ‏@Moeriusie was annoyed at the lack of communication:@TheGautrain@EWNTraffic and yet there was no wanring untill u arrived at the station. Did u forget about sms or the app warning u have?— Anti Corrupt (@Moeriusie) June 1, 2016async Yule ‏@YuleD‚ however‚ appeared to have been forewarned at tweeted: “@ZenzoM_ @ThandoPeaches @TheGautrain we got smses though” with an attached screengrab of the missive. The delay was particularly sore for Hoxani Wa ka Maphali ‏@HoxaniM to take: “After I ran @ComradesRace no @TheGautrain Operations in Park-Sandton.I'm standing& stuck in traffic.All the running pains coming back again.”Marco D. ‏@markosix had a novel idea to make up for the discomfort:Gautrain must give the other kids complimentary KrispyKreme Donuts and coffee. What an inconvenience!— Marco D. (@markosix) June 1, 2016async That “Gautrain’s Fare Increase” was to be implemented on June 1 – Wednesday - was lost on KARABO ‏@AnswerBii‚ who said: “So gautrain fares also going up today. I wish I left yesterday eish”‚ while Vanessa Mahlinza ‏@VanessaM_17 lamented: “Wana increase train fare but the service and the way this was handled .... Poor ! Mxim #gautrain”. hot sauce ‏@Keneilwe__ didn’t mince her words: “for the first time ever i wasn't late and then the Gautrain f***s it all up”.People faced missing their flights from ORT International Airport on Wednesday as that service failed to start on schedule‚ while commuters on the North-South line below Sandton station also faced setbacks‚ and the “train service between Sandton & Hatfield continues to operate to schedule”.The service tweeted via ‏@TheGautrain:1st train from OR Tambo delayed by 1 hour. Train service btwn Sandton & Park temporarily disrupted. Buses used btwn Sandton & Park.1/2— Gautrain (@TheGautrain) June 1, 2016async It followed this with: “Please note that a Gautrain bus service will operate between Sandton & Park Stations until train service is fully restored.”- TMG Digital..

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