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Upcountry trains to resume from 22 November

  • Repairs underway at site of Rambukkana-Kadigamuwa landslide 

BY Buddhika Samaraweera

The Railways Department has stated that train operations on the upcountry railway line, which were temporarily suspended due to a recent landslide between the Rambukkana and Kadigamuwa Railway Stations, are planned to resume on 22 November.

Due to the damages caused to railway lines in many areas given the adverse weather conditions prevailing these days, the operation of trains on the main line, the upcountry line, and the Puttalam line have been disrupted.

Speaking to The Morning, Railways Department General Manager Dhammika Jayasundara said that officers of the Railways Department are currently working to restore the site of the landslide. “Currently, trains on the upcountry railway line run only from Colombo Fort to the Rambukkana Railway Station. Since the restoration of the site of the landslide will be completed within this week, it will be possible to resume trains to Kandy and Badulla by 22 November,” he added.

Meanwhile, the Railways Department has taken steps to resume train services on the northern railway line which were suspended due to a sinkhole which had emerged between the Mirigama and Wijayarajadahana Railway Stations due to heavy rains in recent days. The Railways Department had then taken steps to construct a temporary bridge on the main railway line between the Mirigama and Wijayarajadahana Railway Stations where the sinkhole had emerged, after which the operation of trains on the northern railway line resumed yesterday (16).

According to Jayasundara, a total of five trains, including two each from Mount Lavinia to Kankesanthurai and vice versa and one train from Colombo Fort to Kankesanthurai, were in operation along the northern railway line yesterday.