TransNamib passengers stranded

10 Dec 2014 16:40pm
WINDHOEK, 10 DEC (NAMPA) – More than 100 train passengers travelling to the southern parts of the country were left stranded at the railway station in the capital on Tuesday, after TransNamib suddenly grounded the south-bound train due to technical issues.
The train which was supposed to depart at 19h40 Tuesday evening did not leave the railway station at all, leaving passengers stranded and confused as they wandered about at the train station with their belongings for the most part of the night.
An elderly passenger, Anna Sauerwein told Nampa that they were only informed some five hours after the stated departure time (19h40) that the train will no longer be able to make the journey to the south, due to some technical problems.
“My legs are now swollen because I have not been able to take my medication,” she said.
Many of the passengers slept in train compartments while some simply decided to go back home or spend the night with relatives.
After the passengers were all informed that the train will no longer depart for the south, the train attendants refunded them their ticket monies.
When Nampa went to the train station at around 09h40 on Wednesday, the passengers were seen waiting for a bus from Swakopmund to take them to the South.
Some of the passengers were complaining that they had to use their money to buy drinks since the railway station in Windhoek does not have any water taps or toilets.
Other passengers, who were supposed to travel to Mariental in the Hardap Region for a wedding, said they have been delayed terribly and are now forced to spend a lot of money on bus tickets to get to the wedding.
Many of the passengers on the train were pensioners and school-going children on holidays.
TransNamib management could not be reached by telephone for comments on the issue.