Metrorail in the Western Cape says it will soon break ground on a R68 million project to build a 20 kilometre stretch of wall along its train infrastructure on its two Khayelitsha routes on the Cape Flats.

The service was suspended last week due to critical infrastructure damage and vandalism, but has been partially restored.

Spokesperson, Riana Scottt says the tracks are located in a high-crime area that makes the construction of the walls necessary to keep the service functioning in future.

“Now the two that serve Khayelitsha have been out of operation for months, simply because every time we fix the infrastructure, it will get stolen again. So a decision was made to wall off the area; tenders have gone out and we hope to have spades in the ground early next year. We are going to wall that entire area there because it runs right through the gang land.”