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New trains unveiled for Cape Town suburban rail; to add 35 more trains by 2020, South Africa [free access]

April 10, 2019

The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) has unveiled two trains supplied by the Gibela Rail Transport Consortium (Gibela) for the suburban rail network of Cape Town. The Gibela consortium comprises Alstom Southern Africa Holdings (61 per cent), the Ubumbano Rail consortium (30 per cent), and New Africa Rail (NAR) (nine per cent).The trains will undergo trials on lines connecting Cape Town with Bellville, Fishoek, and Langa. The timeline for the trials is yet to be announced.


A fleet of 35 trains will be added to the Cape Town suburban rail network by 2020. The deployment of the trains is in line with PRASA's rail modernisation plans.


The Gibela consortium is supplying 600 trains as well as providing maintenance services and technical support for multiple suburban rail networks in South Africa under a ZAR51 billion contract secured in October 2013. Of these, 18 trains are operational on the Pretoria suburban rail network. Each six-coach air-conditioned (AC) train is 131.5 metres long and has a capacity for 1,200 passengers. The trains are disabled friendly, have a maximum speed of 160 km/hr, and are equipped with an anti-crash system, Wi-Fi, and closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras.


(1 ZAR [South African Rand] = 0.07 USD)