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Indian Railways announces new timetable for 500 trains in order to cut travel time; halt time reduced from Nov 1

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..

"Coupled with 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 year.

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 Antyodaya Express.

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.

The Humsafar 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.

The Antyodaya 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 destinations.

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