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Train services on Talaimannar railway line suspended for 3 months

16 August 2018 06:24 pm - 5     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


The train services between Talaimannar and Medawachchiya would be suspended for three months from tomorrow due to the replacement of bridges on the Talaimannar Railway line, Railways Additional General Manager Wijaya Samarasinghe said.

He said the bridges between Murukandi and Mannar at 305 kilometres and 307-kilometre posts would be replaced.

Speaking to Daily Mirror he said the announcement had been made for the convenience of commuters with reference to the meeting held at the Railways Department.

Accordingly, the train services between Talaimannar and Medawachchiya would be suspended from today till November 16, he said.

He said Sri Lankan Transport Board (SLTB) bus services would be made available to facilitate train commuters.

Accordingly, the trains from Colombo would end their journeys at Medawachchiya during the time the bridges are being replaced, Mr Samarasinghe said.

A joint bus service would be operational between Talaimannar and Medawachchiya parallel to the railways timetable. “Commuters can use their train season tickets on buses operating between Talaimannar and Medawachchiya during this time,” Mr Samarasinghe said. (Chaturanga Samarawickrama)

  Comments - 5

  • john Frazer Thursday, 16 August 2018 06:58 PM

    Any replacement service ??

    k.soysa Thursday, 16 August 2018 07:20 PM

    Brilliant!! Built by the Indians a few years ago, after the original bridges built by the Brits were destroyed by VP!!

    Mendis Friday, 17 August 2018 12:09 AM

    Shocking,these were new bridges built by the Indians. Did the Indians took us for a ride ?

    Old Gold Thursday, 16 August 2018 08:15 PM

    Why the Indian Super engineers restored them a few years back isn't it? So much for their quality of work! Same as their peace keeping force! Ha,Ha.

    Lunu Dehi Thursday, 16 August 2018 08:48 PM

    Serves this country right for handing over the contract to India - makers of cheap shoddy goods. All this for commission. The 60 year old Canadian made Engines still runs smoothly akin to well oiled clock.

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