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Spend up to 3hrs less for train journeys over 500km

Spend up to 3hrs less for train journeys over 500km
20 Oct 2017
  • You will soon have to spend up to three hours less than the current travel time for long train journeys over 500km.
  • The Railways decided to incorporate "innovative timetabling" after Minister Piyush Goyal urged its implementation. The new timings will be updated in November.
  • Apart from reducing travel time, it will also give up to four additional hours to railway divisions for maintenance work.

  • How will the new scheme be implemented?
    Details
  • "Our plan is to maximize use of the existing rolling stock," an official said. "It can be done in two ways- if we've a train that's waiting somewhere to return, we can use it during the lie-over period."
  • Halt time of trains at stations has been reduced. Many won't stop at stations with minimal footfall.
  • These are attempts to increase average speed of trains.

  • Up to 500 trains will be affected
    Impact
  • The whole exercise is expected to affect the schedules of about 500 trains. Fifty trains will be upgraded to super-fast.
  • Travel time will immediately reduce by up to three hours on 51 trains.
  • Among those impacted, the Bhopal-Jodhpur Express will take 95 minutes less time, while the Guwahati-Indore Special will complete its run 115 minutes faster.
  • The Ghazipur-Bandra Express will also take 95 minutes less.

  • Other steps to increase speed of trains
    Development
  • Indian Railways roped in German Railways to assist it with making the existing corridors semi high speed. Trains will run at 200kmph.
  • It also plans to launch 'Train-20', self-propelled semi-high speed trains, by 2020. They will be manufactured under the Make in India initiative.
  • Earlier this week, the Special Rajdhani was launched on the Mumbai-Delhi route that reduced travel time by at least two hours.



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