Third Tambaram-Chengalpattu railway line operational, to ease congestion – The New Indian Express

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CHENNAI: Six months after the completion of the third rail line project between Tambaram and Chengalpattu, the 31 km broad gauge line has recently become operational. With the new line expected to ease congestion in the section, rail travelers demanded that the railways reduce the journey time of express and weekly trains.

Until now, express and suburban trains were operated on two lines, which caused express trains to stop during peak hours. The utilization of two lines exceeded 100% ten years ago. According to official sources, the third line functions as an ascending line and facilitates the movement of trains from Chengalpattu to Tambaram.

“For now, only a handful of beach-bound trains from Chengalpattu are operated on the third line. The new line will mainly be used for commuter trains. Express trains will run on the existing line,” said said a railway official.

As of March 2019, the Chennai Beach-Chengalpattu section handled over five lakh passengers with 252 services per day. At present, 23 daily expresses and seven weekly expresses pass through the Chengalpattu-Tambaram section per day. Except for the super-fast trains, which cover the distance in 28 minutes, the weekly and daily trains have had free time to make up for the delay, causing difficulties for commuters.

The Pondicherry-Chennai Egmore Express takes 43 minutes to reach Tambaram from Chengalpattu. Rameswaram-Chennai Egmore Sethu and Tiruchendur-Chennai Egmore Express have 33 minutes and Nagercoil-Tambaram tri-weekly Express and Nagercoil-Tambaram Antyodaya Express cover the distance in 55 and 60 minutes respectively.

Puducherry-Bhubaneswar SF Express covers the distance in 70 minutes and Rameswaram-Ajmer Express in 90 minutes. S Murgavel, a commuter, said: ‘The Pondicherry-Egmore train is widely used by office workers. The third line would reduce travel time. A railway official said: “We have just started operations and the journey time will be reviewed soon.”

CHENNAI: Six months after the completion of the third rail line project between Tambaram and Chengalpattu, the 31 km broad gauge line has recently become operational. With the new line expected to ease congestion in the section, rail travelers demanded that the railways reduce the journey time of express and weekly trains. Until now, express and suburban trains were operated on two lines, which caused express trains to stop during peak hours. The utilization of two lines exceeded 100% ten years ago. According to official sources, the third line functions as an ascending line and facilitates the movement of trains from Chengalpattu to Tambaram. “For now, only a handful of beach-bound trains from Chengalpattu are operated on the third line. The new line will mainly be used for commuter trains. Express trains will run on the existing line,” said a railway official said. As of March 2019, the Chennai Beach-Chengalpattu section handled more than five lakh passengers with 252 services per day. At present, 23 daily expresses and seven weekly expresses pass through the Chengalpattu-Tambaram section by Except for the high-speed trains, which cover the distance in 28 minutes, the weekly and daily trains have had free time to make up for the delay, causing difficulty for commuters.The Pondicherry-Chennai Egmore Express takes 43 minutes to reach Tambaram from Chengalpattu Rameswaram-Chennai Egmore Sethu and Tiruchendur-Chennai Egmore Express have 33 minutes and Nagercoil-Tambaram triweekly daire Express and Nagercoil-Tambaram Antyodaya Express cover the distance in 55 and 60 minutes respectively. Puducherry-Bhubaneswar SF Express covers the distance in 70 minutes and Rameswaram-Ajmer Express in 90 minutes. S Murgavel, a commuter, said: ‘The Pondicherry-Egmore train is widely used by office workers. The third line would reduce travel time. A railway official said: “We have just started operations and the journey time will be reviewed soon.”

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