Coastal line passengers inconvenienced by deteriorating train services

Published : 12:01 am  February 20, 2018 | No comments so far |  | 


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By Kusal Chamath   

The train service has further declined due to the cancellation of several trains much to the anxiety of the passengers in the coastal line. The trains that operated at peak hours in the morning and evening have been cancelled, with long distance express trains running slow. Aggrieved passengers accused the railway authorities of failing to understand that the passengers in one fully packed train could not be loaded into another, packed to its capacity.  

For example the Aluthgama bound train leaving Maradana at 5.40 is not operating now and the passengers are compelled to travel by the Matara bound express train. Passengers pointed out that thousands are left behind without being able to board the Matara bound express train which is usually a fully packed train with passengers travelling to Galle and Matara. The train that ran express from Bambalapitiya to Moratuwa is now running slow up to Ratmalana after the cancellation of the Alutgama bound train. Passengers said that the Aluthgama bound train had been a fully packed train when it left Colombo Fort and this train has now been cancelled and thousands of passengers are compelled to travel by Matara bound express which is also usually packed to its capacity.   

The passengers travelling to Galle and Matara by this last train in the evening said that they are left behind when the passengers of the Aluthgama train were squeezed into it.   

Meanwhile the express train from Kalutara that follows Ruhunu Kumari has been cancelled from yesterday without least concern about the inconvenience caused to the passengers. The public are of the opinion that senior officials in the Railways Department cancel the trains at the instigations of private bus operators.   

They requested the GMR S.S.Abeywickerema to look into the possibility of any malpractice behind the cancellation of trains