Motorists: beware of train

The Eskom Matimba railway siding has been opened once again
The Eskom Matimba railway siding has been opened once again

Tebogo Tlhako
MARAPONG — The Eskom Matimba railway siding has been opened once again after it was closed for quite some time, with motorists complaining that they were not officially informed.
Stop signs warning motorists have been put in place to warn motorists to drive cautiously and for them to be aware of oncoming trains.
The stop signs are visible when you approach the entrance to Matimba offices, but some motorists are ignoring the signs and drive away without stopping.
“Two weeks ago a train passed here and we were shocked to see it because we thought that the railway has been closed indefinitely. To our surprise we were not warned” said one taxi driver.
Mogol Post spoke to Exxaro and they said that they are aware of the Matimba railway siding, saying that they only became aware of it after they noticed the stop signs at the railway crossing.
“We have given our input to Matimba to ensure that the railway crossing is safe for all road users” said Exxaro spokesperson.
Apparently Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) is responsible for the upgrading of the siding and crossing and has embarked on a campaign to create awareness on safety aspects relating to the crossing.
Mogol Post forwarded questions regarding this issue to Matimba’s spokesperson, but at the time of going to press no response had been received. On inquiry they explained that the communication people were not available.

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