The City of Cape Town’s feasibility study on the plan to take over the rail function has kicked off.

The process is being led by the engineering and infrastructure company, SMEC South Africa.

It will look into various aspects such as an incremental and structured approach, for an improved passenger rail service in terms of planning, operations, and management.

The study must also determine the financial implications for the restoration and sustainability of passenger rail services.

The preliminary report on the first stage is due in three months.

Mayoral Committee Member for Urban Mobility, Rob Quintas says they want an effective rail service for local residents and visitors.

The study must inform us of how best to take over passenger rail to ensure Cape Town has a world-class public transport system to serve all our residents and those who visit our city. In this way, we will be taking the lead in restoring rail as the primary mode of public transport”.