Thiruvananthapuram: Many passenger trains would be converted into Express trains, the Railway Ministry said. Passenger trains that run beyond 200 km per day will be converted into Express and in Kerala more than 10 trains will become Express. These trains will be speeded up and their halts curtailed. More than 500 trains across the country would be converted into Express trains, the Ministry said.
However, it is not clear if the decision by the Railways is a temporary one during the Covid pandemic times or a move to reduce the number of passenger trains and stop it. The zonal railway offices have been directed to take a decision on this within 2 days.
Yes. Lets see how passengers of smaller stations react to the same. Hopefully along with that they should also look at reducing some smaller stoppage for express/mail trains as well which were unnecessarily given due to political considerations
Good decision,but unless speed is increased and run time is reduced, we will end up paying Express fares for a passenger train
Don't reduce the stops between Nilambur and Shornur when converting to Nilambur Kottayam Passenger Express.
Madurai punalur fast passenger will be good as if splitting up as MDU TVC EXP and Trivandrum Punalur Passenger
Train No.56700/56701 Madurai – Punalur – Madurai Long Distance Passenger Train will be converted to Express Train
Consequent to conversion the Existing Train No.56700 Madurai - Punalur Passenger as Express, the Train No will be revised as Train No.16729 (Madurai - Punalur Express), and Speeded up by 20 Minutes with effect from 30.06.2020 and Train No.56701 Punalur – Madurai Passenger will be revised as 16730 (Punalur - Madurai Express) and speeded up by 60 Minutes with effect from 01.07.2020
Accordingly on and from 30.06.2020 Train No. 16729 Madurai – Punalur Express
Train is converted to express only
Right, I was telling recent IR trend. Where there will be two options, either convert an overnight passenger to exp or it will made as Demu with no reservation coaches.
Stubborn attitude of IR not increase the base fare of non ac pax which constitute about 90-95% of total pax volume is well known. The whole gimmickry of marketing/ packaging of railway services being followed since last 15 years is a direct fall out of this fact.
Introduction/ augmentation of new/existing trains, suvidha/ premium/ PT/ dynamic/ special fares, very heavy ticket cancellation charges, denying berth to half ticket 5-12 yr children, denying break journey to ac class paxs, converting passenger trains into express by reducing few minutes of journey time,
It is not stubborn attitude of railways. It is political (if not sibling) rivals who will go bonkers if fares are raised even by 10%. It is the bread and butter passengers (MST) who provide railways a steady all season income. Railways needs to review its expenditure on its employees which forms over 64% of its total revenue.
That apart, revenues should be raised just like they are reviewing petrol/diesel and LPG prices daily/monthly, in small increments like 5 Rs. Today railways has actually killed competition in low fare segment pushing them in red, too. Govt. should pay them subsidy to match fares with railways, too.
Better running as MDU TVC EXPRESS and TRIVANDRUM CENTRAL PUNALUR PASSENGER as separate trains