New Train Services - 80 New Trains on Track!

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AROUND 80 daily services will be added to the suburban railways’ daily time-table on Central and Western Railways together from October, said Mohamed Jamshed, Member (Traffic) of the Railway Board. In the city to review railway projects and performance of the two suburban railway systems, Jamshed said in an interaction with journalists that the new timetable will see WR and CR each add about 40 daily services, helping decongest the local trains.

CR presently offers 1,660 services a day while WR operates 1,290 services daily. “The CR division will see another three-dozen services in the new timetable and WR division will also see an equal number, on a daily basis. Among the 2.4 crore travellers on the Indian Railways, the Mumbai suburban section carries 85 lakh a day, nearly a 50 % contribution to passenger traffic on the railways,” Jamshed said.

About development plans for the Mumbai suburban railways, Jamshed said: “The suburban network has almost become the largest network in the world to see such high sums of investment in projects. Almost Rs 60,000 crore worth of projects have been given for development work, which is huge,” he added. Regarding his review of current suburban railway projects, Jamshed said encroachments around railway stations added to the time taken in completion of projects.

“The aim would be to add punctuality of services by escalating work on road overbridges where level crossing gates exist,” he added.


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