Railways will soon cut short the running time of over 500 long distance
trains by up to two hours, and a decision to this effect will announced when
the new time table are released by the Zonal railways next month.
The national carrier incorporated innovative timetabling under which
running time of popular trains will reduce by 15 minutes to two hours. The
timetable will also provide each railway division two to four hours for
The plan is to maximise the use of the existing rolling stock. If we have a
train that is waiting somewhere to return, we can use it during the lie over
period to maximise the use of existing rolling stock. This method will be
deployed in as many as fifty trains under the new time table.
The timing of fifty one trains will be reduced from one to three hours.
Over a period of time this reduction in journey time will be extended to five
hundred long distance trains.
The railways has started the exercise of an internal audit by which 50 mail
and express trains will be upgraded to super-fast services. This is part of an
overhaul of the rail system of increasing the average speed of existing trains,
according to Ministry sources.
The national transporter has also reduced the halt time of trains at
stations. Similarly, trains will not stop at stations where footfall is less.
Coupled with track and infrastructure upgrade, automatic signaling and the new
Linke-Hofmann-Busch coaches that allow a 130 kmph top speed, trains are
expected to run faster.
The railways has also in the process of reviewing permanent speed