Train fares up 15 % from October

19 August 2018 02:09 pm - 7     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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Train ticket prices would be increased by 15% with effect from the October 1, the Railways Department said.

A senior official of the Department said the Ministry was yet to send the Gazette Notice in this regard.
He said the 15 per cent increase was originally announced by the previous budget.   

The last price revision was made in 2008 the Department said.(Darshana Sanjeewa)

  Comments - 7

  • Thanks Sunday, 19 August 2018 06:07 PM

    I think it should be raised by 25-50%. A and should be revised in each three years time

    willowsd Monday, 20 August 2018 08:08 AM

    I am a regular commuter and don't mind increasing by 50% and also please add couple of more carriages for the morning and evening office trains. Comparing to buses, this mod of travel is the best.

    nawab Monday, 20 August 2018 09:29 AM

    Frankly i would not mind a price hike as long as they provide value for money. Train delays, unclean and damaged compartments and most of all the downright rude staff of the railway department does not justify what they are charging the commuter.

    Frequent Traveler Monday, 20 August 2018 10:32 AM

    I welcome it. It should be ideally 50% increase. Don't subsidize transport with Indirect taxes on daily essentials. There are many just wasting the railway services on the expense of poor people. We should also bring a rule to charge additional fares for Tourists. Nowadays trains are full of tourists (Chinese) who are benefiting from our poor peoples.

    Chris Marcian Monday, 20 August 2018 11:02 AM

    Regular TravellerThe increase in fares has been over due. But all of a sudden the sudden decision is taken to balance the loss that was incurred in the range of Rs.70 million or above due to the strikes involved in the recent past. What action is being taken to recompense these loss from the politically backed trade unions? Can anybody answer this very important issue? Over to you - Minister and the GMR!

    liyanage Monday, 20 August 2018 05:08 PM

    How come there is loss when trains do not run .It should be a profit .when trains runs the loss runs in to Billions per year.

    Professor J.Jinadasa Monday, 20 August 2018 11:07 PM

    Train fair must be increased until the train service is cost effective, it must not run at a loss.


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