In order to increase the average speed of the existing trains to bring down the journey time, the travel time of more than 500 long-distance trains by up to 120 minutes have been cut down by the Indian Railways. According to a report by Indian Express, the new travel timetable is likely to be made effective from December 2017 and a detailed plan regarding the same will be incorporated in the ‘Trains at a Glance’ timetable to be released November 30. Soon after Piyush Goyal took charge of the ministry earlier this month, several measures – collectively called as ‘innovative timetabling’ – are being taken for popular trains to knock off their runtime stretching up to over an hour-and-half along with increased speed.
The report further added that around 50 trains (both express and ordinary mail) will be upgraded to ‘superfast’ services after an internal audit of running time of around 700 trains get completed. This overall upgradation work includes trains from several parts of the country.
Here are some popular trains who will get an upgrade in their runtime:-
Hyderabad-Tirupati Express, running 733 km over 14 hours, will now take 100 minutes less.
The Bhopal-Jodhpur Express will reach 95 minutes early.
The 2,330-km journey on the Guwahati-Indore Special will be 115 minutes shorter.
The Ghazipur-Bandra Terminus Express will complete its 1929-km journey 95 minutes earlier.
During the exercise, Railways authorities also figured out that the longer the journey, the higher the scope for time-reduction. Indian Express also reported that several long halts allotted to over 700 popular trains will be shortened by varying minutes. Various small stations and halts where footfalls and sale of tickets are almost nil are being closed. Even for long distance trains, where engine reversal takes around 30-55 minutes, will now be brought down to 20 minutes or less.