The running time of
close to five hundred gtrains across various zones of the Indian Railways will
be speeded up with effect from November one when the new time table comes into
force. The national transporter plans to cut travel time from anywhere between
15 minutes to three hours.
In the new timetable
virtually every rail zone has trains which have been speeded up at the instance
of the new Railway Minister Piyush Goyal. As many as 65 trains on Northern
Railway and 51 express and 36 passenger trains running under the Southern
Railway have been speeded up while in East Coast Railway (ECoR) 37 express and
19 local passenger trains will run faster.
The railways have
also reduced the halt time of trains at stations and also announced that trains
will not stop at stations where footfall is less.
In the Northern railway the Bhopal-Jodhpur
Express will reach 95 minutes early while the Guwahati-Indore Special will
complete its 2,330-km journey 115 minutes early and the 1929-km journey of the
Ghazipur-Bandra Terminus Express will be completed 95 minutes earlier..
track and infrastructure upgrade proceeding as fast pace during the last one
month, automatic signalling and replacement of Conventional ICF coaches with
the new Linke-Hofmann-Busch coaches that
allow a 130 kilometres per hour top speed, trains are expected to run faster.
Twenty-two trains in
the North Central Railway has also been speeded up according to the new
timetable. The Howrah-New Delhi Duranto (bi-weekly) will be diverted via
Jasidih-Patna-Mugalsarai instead of Dhanbad-Gaya-Mugalsarai from February next
The frequency of two
trains to Gorakhpur, home constituency of Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi
Adityanath has also been increased.
The Northern Railway
timetable also has three new trains for the sector — Tejas, Humsafar and
The Tejas Express,
India's first semi-high speed, full-AC train will run six days a week between
New Delhi and Chandigarh, and Lucknow and Anand Vihar.
Express, completely three-tier AC sleeper train, will run between Sealdah and
Jammu Tawi once a week and tri-weekly between Anand Vihar and Allahabad.
Express, featuring all unreserved or general coaches, will run between
Darbhanga and Jalandhar, and Bilaspur and Ferozepur once a week.
The railways has
also reworked the timings of trains to ensure that passengers get maximum time
in the city they are visiting and also able to avoid peak hour traffic at their