High speed train service launched

16 February 2011 06:55 am - 31     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


The first high speed train service in Sri Lanka was launched between Galle and Matara a short while ago. The train service is expected to run at 100 Kmph between the two cities in  38 minutes.

However the Ceylon Government Railways today cautioned the public to be on alert when using railway crossing between Galle and Matara  as there were 90 unprotected crossings in the area. (Sadun A. Jayasekara)

  Comments - 31

  • Mazoon Samsudeen Wednesday, 16 February 2011 10:17 AM

    U call 100 kmph high speed ???? When are we getting the services we experience in Europe etc.. 200 + kmph ?? Also, when r v going to cordon off the rail track to ensure people don't cross at will? MRT in Colombo ?? Electric trains which will ensure that your spinal code is still in tact after the train ride ??

    segu Thursday, 17 February 2011 02:06 AM

    if it's 100 km/hr it should take more than one hour to reach colombo from Galle. I wonder how it could be 38 minutes!!!!

    Dinithi Wednesday, 16 February 2011 11:49 AM

    Guys, currently trains are going at 40 km. It really does not make a difference between getting hit at 40 or 100. You will die. But the cost of protecting crossings is fraction of a cost of building this new railway. Somehow we do not value lives!!

    Cobra Thursday, 17 February 2011 03:16 AM

    Good but are our ancient railway tracks(Especially outside Galle-Matara) and bridges up to it, is the big question. I for one would not take the risk after all who is in such a mighty hurry????

    darren Thursday, 17 February 2011 03:23 AM

    Fantastic.This government has done more than all the governments did since independence.The credit must go to Hon.President and his team.

    Konde bendapu china Wednesday, 16 February 2011 07:11 AM

    Good Start,lets implement to other areas too

    Noah Wednesday, 16 February 2011 07:09 AM

    congrads for the new achievment. Hope there wont be any accidents . all da best

    MagodisThuma Wednesday, 16 February 2011 07:12 AM

    There are lot's of unprotected crossings ! Be careful !

    Jiffry Wednesday, 16 February 2011 07:27 AM

    This is a joke... 90 unprotected crossings.... and trains expect to go at 100 Kmh.

    Murshid Wednesday, 16 February 2011 07:27 AM

    Wow!!! Miracle of Asia. Also please protect the passengers as well as people at the railway crossings. However, this is another innovation to kill people and reduce the population.

    citizen Wednesday, 16 February 2011 07:28 AM

    Shouldn't gates have been installed at the unguarded crossings before the service was launched?

    citizen Wednesday, 16 February 2011 07:34 AM

    I wonder how many deaths there are at these rail crossings now. It will be interesting to see how the miraculously rapid 'progress' of the CGR will advance the current figure.

    malkanthi Wednesday, 16 February 2011 07:52 AM

    Considering the present scenario, human lives have any value? who cares about them??? some many accidents, tragedies, but who cares??

    dave Thursday, 17 February 2011 05:09 AM

    100km/h is high speed? !!!
    Also ruhuni kumari only takes 45 minutes to arrive in Matara from Galle. So what's the big difference in time for this "so called high speed train, that arrives in 38 minutes"? Sri Lankans never work on time so to gain 8 minutes, govt had to spend US $10million?
    how much of a commission for the powerful brothers?

    Lankapura Wednesday, 16 February 2011 08:03 AM

    Think safety of People first and then 100kmh. Another typical style of sri lankan attitute, no one thinks about security and safety of people.

    Bandula Wednesday, 16 February 2011 08:10 AM

    Now government eyes opened to get people's poor votes...why only matara and Galle?

    Ran Wednesday, 16 February 2011 08:13 AM

    Id so, the australian rail services are also jokes. There are many unprotected crossings here, not only in rural areas. However, should focus on converting them to safe crossings.

    Raja Wednesday, 16 February 2011 08:15 AM

    Good achievement but special consideration should have been made to unprotected crossings prior to launching the services.

    Abeyratne Wednesday, 16 February 2011 08:38 AM

    100K/ph is quite slow by developed world standards, Sri Lanka still has a long way to go before becoming the miracle of Asia. Most other countries will also have proper railway crossings and clean modern stations as well.

    sahan Wednesday, 16 February 2011 08:36 AM

    Shows how stupid who ever implemented this is.... true this is good and should be done..... but.... which moda haraka decided to let the train run before the gates were properly fixed???? its a high speed train for gods sake.....

    Citizen Wednesday, 16 February 2011 08:43 AM

    Why can't they protect the "unprotected crossings" first and then launch the high speed train?

    citizen Wednesday, 16 February 2011 08:51 AM

    If someone gets run down at an unguarded rail crossing, this train service will grind to a halt, unless its going to simply carry on regardless ... hasn't govt thought of that? 38 mins?!

    Darwin Wednesday, 16 February 2011 09:13 AM

    A good idea of the government. They can solve the transport and population problem in one go. The way to go.

    Kiri Gamarala Wednesday, 16 February 2011 09:41 AM

    We are trying to accelerate developmet without getting out of bullock cart age mentality. Still there is no integration of transport planning with human settlement planning andthe result is railway stations at every 2-3 kms in spite of having power sets and engines which can travel faster.

    Learn a lesson from Mahaweli towns along Kandy-Mahiyangana Road. Some town centres, which were supposed to be economic centres, are dying because with good highway and faster vehicles the ncessity to stop at evey 5-10 kms doe not arise.

    Martin Wednesday, 16 February 2011 09:36 AM

    Dear Citizen, If you visit any other country most railway crossing are unprotected. The driver has to be careful when putting the vehicle across the crossing. The only hindrance to that are the unauthorized structures that are put up along the rail track blocking the view... those must be taken out.. no need to protect the crossings.. it is a huge cost to put them up and maintain them...

    Dilshan Silva Wednesday, 16 February 2011 09:45 AM

    High speed trains running with no protection at railway crossing is extremely dangerous as our locals will be near the railway track for curiosity. The biggest question is, are the tracks strong enough to withhold the speed?

    Shank Wednesday, 16 February 2011 06:31 PM

    a Train going at 40 will give a lot more time for evasive action

    Rajitha Wednesday, 16 February 2011 09:59 AM

    then they'll never be able to make the launch.

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