Local trains will run faster as railways remove permanent speed restrictions

Commuters on Western Railway will have their journeys significantly speeded up, saving them time and money. Modernization works at nine sites have led to the removal of technical constraints and speed limits on the 60 km long Churchgate-Virar suburban corridor. Some of these locations include Khar, Bandra, Marine Lines, Bhayandar, etc. which will allow trains to run much faster, thus saving travel time for passengers.

According to WR officials, improvements to railway lines, the removal of permanent speed limits and the relaxation of other constraints will save about seven minutes per train. “We did rough calculations on the likely time savings at three or four sites. For example, at Marine Lines and Mahim, trains will now run faster, saving two minutes per train while on the Bandra-Khar and Bhayandar section there will be savings of 1.25 minutes per train. A WR official said on condition of anonymity.

In fact, rough calculations of the total time saved by all 1373 WR services during the day show that on the sections where a train saves two minutes, a total of 560 minutes will be saved daily. Likewise, in stations and routes where a train saves 1.25 minutes; 307 minutes will be saved daily.

“Thanks to the successful removal of operational constraints and bottlenecks, train punctuality has increased to 99.3% in 2021-2022, up from 95% in 2019-20,” said Sumit Thakur, Head of PRO, Western Railway.

The permanent speed restriction on maritime lines of 20 km / h has been removed, saving two minutes per train. Likewise, the elimination of the 60 km / h PSR on the Bandra-Khar section saved 1.25 min / train. WR engineers converted the three-line crossing at Santacruz into two lines, which increased train speeds from 15 km / h to 30 km / h.

Alok Kansal, managing director of Western Railway, insisted that the focus be on the targeted elimination of operational constraints. Speed ​​at junction 145/146 at Dadar has been improved, allowing trains to travel at 30 km / h from 15 km / h from platform 6. At Mumbai Central, locomotive and car shunting time was reduced by 30 minutes, due to technical improvement there. The commissioning of three stall lines in Mahim has enabled the parking of three EMU trainsets of 12 cars.

Apart from that, speed restrictions have been relaxed, allowing trains to run at 50 km / h, compared to 35 km / h previously on the Harbor line. This should improve the punctuality of each two-minute train. Likewise, the speed of trains passing crossing 101/102 in Bhayandar has been increased from 15 km / h to 30 km / h, resulting in a saving of 1.25 min / train.

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Posted on: Sunday December 05, 2021 11:18 PM IST

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