Luxury buses were introduced on the Southern Expressway (E01) this morning. The cost of a ticket from Kottawa to Galle will be Rs.400 per passenger. Two private buses and two SLTB buses will operate along the route. Pix by Samantha Perera
Let's see the condition after few months, when the A/C is broken never replace, when the seats are broken, replace with different seats, in other words we are very poor in maintenance... Then luxury will be changed to semi luxury...
st.john Tuesday, 03 January 2012 10:26 AM
400/- the ultimate rip off.
loku Tuesday, 03 January 2012 10:42 AM
So, how does one go about knowing whence these buses depart, the times, if a seat can be reserved, etc.?
Imran Hussein Tuesday, 03 January 2012 10:43 AM
Indian style luxury.
M S Nandapala Tuesday, 03 January 2012 11:00 AM
The name board is only in Sinhala. Not a good start. Are Foreigners and Tamil speaking people not required to go in this.Where is Vasu?
R Senanayake Tuesday, 03 January 2012 11:28 AM
This bus does not require a conductor when passengers are picked up and dropped off only at the beginning and destination. Fix a ticketing machine and let the driver manage the whole thing so that this service can be maintained economically.. That is how it is done in other countries.
ajith Tuesday, 03 January 2012 11:46 AM
Wow!!! India too has some modern taste......
mac Tuesday, 03 January 2012 11:39 AM
good work only SLCTB, do not allow the private uncivilised buses to ply on the road and the three wheels, bikes
lalith deshapriya Tuesday, 03 January 2012 12:18 PM
Very good move but do they allow to sit on lap in the express way ride. the little boy also needs a seat and safety belt.
Jamie Tuesday, 03 January 2012 10:33 AM
Good work. But don't offer route permits to impolite, unprofessional Private bus owners. SLTB can run a good service without them and earn a good sum.
jack Tuesday, 03 January 2012 08:48 PM
U don't wear seat belts when travelling in a Bus
Condro Wednesday, 04 January 2012 02:10 AM
Yes, Labby, u r right. Sri Lankan roads are already filled with the Indian buses, and they are not that comfortable. They could have provided at least something like Volvo or Hyundai. The such buses would be very expensive, but the government or any other private company can afford it, because it's not a big number - just few buses. I have traveled by this kind of Indian luxury buses and they are actually no different than the local buses with same seats, except the little A/C and the fan.
mohamed Wednesday, 04 January 2012 02:50 AM
good but expensive, the rate should be 250,
Gaya Wednesday, 04 January 2012 03:01 AM
How can I book this? I want to travel on Sunday.
kugan Wednesday, 04 January 2012 10:22 AM
good luck well deseved it more net work all around the country
mahajanaya Wednesday, 04 January 2012 10:18 AM
Cleaning at the end of the destination and continues maintanance is required. please dot let it become like some of the semi / luxury buses introduced in our country some time back.
Dinesh Wednesday, 04 January 2012 01:45 PM
I live in Singapore and when I compare the standards, the bus condition is very poor. Why r we following the Indian standards? When r we going to follow the western or the Singapore standards
kondebendapucheena Tuesday, 03 January 2012 09:04 AM
This is GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD
Andy Tuesday, 03 January 2012 10:20 AM
AC and Fans both... superrrrr luxury!
Krishantha Costa Tuesday, 03 January 2012 10:09 AM
Very good service. Can we reserve sheets? Can anybody put more details? Thanks
Wara Tuesday, 03 January 2012 10:00 AM
Excellent. Add few more buses with disciplined drivers.
ajith Tuesday, 03 January 2012 09:53 AM
Looks more respectable than the common box type bus.
ajith Tuesday, 03 January 2012 09:57 AM
We like to see the trains too in this fashion in par with the rest of the world.
ajith Tuesday, 03 January 2012 09:56 AM
Well done...keep it up
asoka Tuesday, 03 January 2012 09:52 AM
private buses vs sltb buses...the express race has begun...god bless to these passengers...
Just Another Citizen Tuesday, 03 January 2012 09:35 AM
Lets hope they maintain standards & cleanliness.
AN NE Tuesday, 03 January 2012 09:33 AM
Y NO SAFETY BELTS?
willows Tuesday, 03 January 2012 09:31 AM
looks wonderful, this is what we need for this country - development forward march???
Don Tuesday, 03 January 2012 09:35 AM
excellent!! but the access roads to maharagama and kottawa are chockablock!! 1 hour on the highway, 1hour to get to the highway. if nothings done people will stick the old route.
Labby Tuesday, 03 January 2012 09:27 AM
I don't know about it being luxurious but the interior of the bus does not look very comfortable.
TSS Tuesday, 03 January 2012 09:28 AM
well done SLTB. seems you are recovering
CaliforniaOne1 Tuesday, 03 January 2012 09:12 AM
Have a nice and safe journey !!!
Sumedha Tuesday, 03 January 2012 09:12 AM
Great.. I guess it requires more buses on this route. Demand will be very high in the future. Good luck !!
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