Durban trains resume operations with limited services
After a four month interruption, Durban trains have on Monday resumed their operations. This is after the operation was put on hold due to Covid-19 lockdown regulations.
However, the return of this most affordable transport mode was not in full capacity as only the Umlazi and KwaMashu township lines were to return.
Trains are expected to operate under social distancing regulations. The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA), allowed trains to return under strict conditions that they would commute during off-peak hours.
These Prasa conditions mean that he train would travel between Durban station and uMlazi from 07:46 and arrive at 08:32, and the kwaMashu train would be leaving Dalbridge station at 07:43 to arrive at 08:25.
Commuters were not pleased by the times as they would not be able to make it on time for work or school.
“I don’t understand what is the point of the return, if it will be during off-peak,” said Qiniso Mzimela, one of the regular train commuters.
He also complained about the times because by the times, saying they are not helping at all.
“Who is PRASA helping by bringing back trains when everyone will be at work and school already?” Added Mzimela.
After multiple failed attempts to get hold of Prasa’s provincial spokesperson, Zama Nomnganga, we could not get an official comment on the matter from Prasa.
Picture: Qiqa Tobia