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Metrorail Eastern Cape is the name given to the commuter rail services operated by Metrorail, a division of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa, in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. There are two lines, one connecting Port Elizabeth, Despatch and Uitenhage, and the other connecting East London, Mdantsane and Berlin.[1]

Metrorail Eastern Cape Region
Transit typeCommuter rail
Number of lines2
Track gauge1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)

Unlike the other Metrorail regions, which use electric multiple units, the Eastern Cape services are provided by sets of ten coaches pulled by diesel locomotives.[2]


The Port Elizabeth line starts at Port Elizabeth railway station in central Port Elizabeth, and runs northwards along the main Port Elizabeth–Bloemfontein line as far as Swartkops, where it branches west through Despatch to Uitenhage. PRASA is planning to construct a branch serving Motherwell and the Coega Industrial Development Zone.[3]

The East London Line starts at East London railway station and runs along the main East London–Bloemfontein railway line through Mdantsane to end in Berlin.


  1. ^ "2010 Local passenger routes of South Africa: Eastern Cape (East London & Port Elizabeth)" (PDF). Metrorail. Retrieved 7 July 2010.
  2. ^ "2010 Operational Plan" (PowerPoint). Metrorail Eastern Cape. April 2008. Retrieved 7 July 2010.[dead link]
  3. ^ "Metrorail to Coega". 20 September 2009. Archived from the original on 5 October 2009. Retrieved 7 July 2010.

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