Mumbai: In the new time-table that is likely to be out by October, authorities plan to introduce 75 services across Western Railway (WR) and Central Railway (CR) making Suburban train commute more comfortable.
On Monday, Officials said at a review meeting chaired by railway board member (traffic) Mohamed Jamshed here introduction of the services was discussed.
Union railway minister Suresh Prabhu later tweeted, “Mem Traffic review. 40 new services on #Mumbai western & central each from 2nd oct with new time table MRVC works reviewed by MT too.”
Source at least 40 new services are planned out by the CR; on Trans-harbour there are likely to be 14, on Harbour 12 and remaining on Main line. Although Prabhu said by October the new time-table will come up, it may be introduced by CR in August, depending on rake availability. Introduction can be held up till October on the main line as the long-distance time-table is also being revised and the timings should not clash with suburban services.
35 new services are likely to be planned on WR, of which 10 will be with 15-car rakes. A senior official said the Andheri-Virar belt will be provided with most of the services.
At the review, it was suggested by Mr Jamshed that on improving headway both railways should work. Four minutes is the average headway between trains on CR and WR. More services can be introduced to distribute passenger load, if this is reduced, but the inter-signal distance will have to come down to around 470m, as against 700-800m in some sections. Distance between signals if shorter, the movement of trains would be faster, officials explained.