Trains on normal schedule after 20 months

By Buddhika Samaraweera

The Department of Railways has taken steps to operate trains on the normal schedule for the first time in about 20 months from today (8) onwards, according to the Sri Lanka Railway Station Masters’ Union (SLRSMU).

SLRSMU General Secretary Kasun Chamara said that nearly 400 train turns will be in operation on the Main Line, Puttalam Line, Coastal Line, Northern Line, Upcountry Line, and the Kelani Valley Line from today.

However, he said that due to the inclement weather, several long-distance trains and postal trains could not be operated further due to damages to the railway tracks in certain areas.

He also said that arrangements have been made to resume the transportation of parcels that was suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic situation. In addition, passengers will have the opportunity to reserve restrooms at railway stations in which such facilities are available.

Trains were last in operation according to the normal schedule in March 2020. In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, trains, from time to time, were operated on special schedules in accordance with health guidelines.

Chamara, however, urged passengers to follow all Covid-19-related health guidelines when travelling on trains, as the risk of Covid-19 has still not gone away.