Saldanha's iron ore line ro reopen after abnormal load accident

Transnet has confirmed that the iron ore export line to Saldanha will reopen on December 9 following an accident that caused structural damage to a bridge earlier this week.

All rail activity along the line was halted after a truck carrying an abnormal load with excessive weight collided with a railways bridge between Vredendal and Lutzville.

A statement read that “the accident resulted in structural damage to a railway line network and compromised integrity of the railway bridge, resulting in an immediate stop of rail movement along the route.

“Transnet’s maintenance teams have since been deployed to the accident scene and are hard at work to restore the line.

“Initial indications were that repairs would take fourteen days. An assessment report this morning showed that the repairs would be done earlier than the initial anticipated timelines.”

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