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Long distance train passengers will be banned from travelling on foot-board with effect from December 01 as a preventive measure of possible accidents, Railway Department said today.

Chief Security Officer of the Railway Department Senaka Jayasena said the ban will be applied only for long distance train passengers and after the progress of the regulation is examined, it will also be applied to office train commuters.

"We know trains during peak hours are crowed. But, there are some passengers who have a habit of travelling on foot-board. That is why we decided to apply the regulation for the long distance train at the initial stage. If the ban is imposed for office commuters, we know it will result in a lot of chaos since it is not practical. During office hours in the morning and evening as well, trains are too crowded. However, we cannot let people travel in this way as it is too dangerous to travel on foot-board,” Mr. Jayasena told the Daily Mirror.

The Railway Department will deploy groups of railway inspectors to all five railway divisions in the country including the North, the East, Up-Country, Down South and two other Central divisions to supervise the new regulation.

Raids will be carried out by railway inspectors in trains during 24 hours.

According to the Railway Department’s Chief Security Officer, those who are found to be traveling on foot-board, violating the ban will have to face certain penalties in line with the Railway Act. (Piyumi Fonseka)

  Comments - 14

  • DHA Sunday, 29 November 2015 03:41 PM

    Indeed a good move.....but how will they implement this ?

    Coconut Republic Sunday, 29 November 2015 04:03 PM

    A good move related towards safety. Probably we can look at electronic doors in the future. Further , since you have the statistical information regards to office hour trains which are extremely crowded , why not put more trains in service to facilitate our citizens?

    ranjith Chandrasekera Monday, 30 November 2015 07:12 PM

    How strange this is to let people travel on foot-board even a short distance. It is the responsibility of the government to provide adequate transport facilities for the people to travel safely in public transport, not on foot-board.

    Nimal Sunday, 29 November 2015 04:51 PM

    So people can die by travailing on foot board a short distance ?

    Sincere Sunday, 29 November 2015 05:53 PM

    In any case travelling on foot boards on buses and trains are prohibited by law? What is there to prohibit it again?

    Hari Sunday, 29 November 2015 06:18 PM

    thrill has gone

    lkboy Monday, 30 November 2015 11:04 AM

    Then add more trains.

    Sapu Sunday, 29 November 2015 06:33 PM

    Fine them and thank them for their contribution for bridging the budget deficit

    Real Peace Sunday, 29 November 2015 06:51 PM

    Exactly! Once I sat on the foot board for about an hour between Anuradhapura and Jaffna around the time of Sunrise - the thrill was unbelievable!!

    Ajantha Sunday, 29 November 2015 07:32 PM

    whether it is short or long distance, travelling on foot board must be banned, then it can be implemented , those are just words to deceive the general public.

    k.soysa Sunday, 29 November 2015 07:39 PM

    Typical short-sighted decisions !! No one will want to travel on "foot boards" if there are seats available. To make seats available, the CGR and the government must address the lack of trains for commuter traffic. If you try to force this issue, then there will be a violent response from the commuters who were left behind and the CGR will reverse the decision. Typical. We saw that in the case of the "full face helmut fiasco", reversal of several Budgetary Proposals like the Duty-free vehicle imports etc

    Chamara Monday, 30 November 2015 03:08 AM

    Let the police wait just outside the station next to the track with batons. Once these foot board travelers see this they will just jump off the trains when the train start to move slowly.

    Prem Nath Wednesday, 02 December 2015 03:22 PM

    Why not have automatic doors as in many other countries.(Not India of course)

    Andrew Pitugala Monday, 30 November 2015 08:16 AM

    Long overdue. In buses too.


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