27 trains back in operation: Increase in train commuters

 Over 16,000 seats booked

By Skandha Gunasekara

A total 27 trains will be operational from today (26) to meet increased demands stemming from the Government’s decision to further relax curfew restrictions.

Minister of Transport Services Management Mahinda Amaraweera said that steps were being taken to ensure that commuters’ needs are met.

“All 27 train routes will be operational from tomorrow and similar steps are being taken with regard to the bus routes as well,” the Minister said yesterday (25).

Railways General Manager (Commercial) V.S. Polwattage said that over 16,000 seats had been booked.

“So far 16,600 seats have been booked for Tuesday (26). Additional commuters will be allowed to reserve vacant seats at the station rider counter,” Polwattage said yesterday, noting that there were 1,000 vacant seats in all trains.

Sri Lanka Transport Board (SLTB) Chairman Kingsley Ranawaka told The Sunday Morning that their entire fleet of buses is expected to be up and running from today onwards.

“There are 5,700 buses and I believe all will be operating tomorrow,” Ranawaka said yesterday.

He said that buses will be co-ordinated in order to support the train services.

“Buses will be available for people to travel to and from railway stations. We hope to utilise buses to reduce congestion on trains as well,” he said.