1. Railways to cut travel time of over 500 trains; here is all you need to know

Railways to cut travel time of over 500 trains; here is all you need to know

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.

By: | New Delhi | Published: September 24, 2017 1:07 PM
Railways, indian Railways, Railways to cut travel time, Railways new plans, Railways plans, travel time reduced in railways, Piyush Goyal, runtime of trains, Trains at a Glance, railway travel timetable, new railway timetable, superfast trains 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. (Image: PTI)

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.

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    Vijay Srinivas
    Oct 16, 2017 at 10:11 pm
    Bengaluru-Guntakal route needs to be doubled at the earliest, then Wadi-Daund route needs to be Electrified as well. After this, both Karnataka Express as well as Udyan Express should be speeded up, since both will be full-Electric. Udyan Express should be b ed as superfast, and take about 18 hours or less, compared to 24 hours it take now.
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    1. N.Sunil Kumar
      Sep 25, 2017 at 1:15 pm
      To hear is is pleasant, but in practice, the lower rungs do not confirm to the agenda citing technical problems. I have myself faced this traveling many time is the so called superfast trains which run like passenger trains picking up passengers from road side stations with general tickets in the name of track clearance etc. Such excuses public cannot question -so shut-up. I wonder if there is anybody doing real time monitoring and recording of these or if they do its is once in a while the DGM will point out then a flurry of short lived set-rights, so as typical Indian we have to "bear the inconvenience" for which the "IR is regretful".
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        R. Kar
        Sep 25, 2017 at 8:31 am
        Pijushji, first of all fix the much hyped existing super duper fast trains like 12259/12260 , running time supposed to be 17.5 hrs, takes 22 hrs to 30 hrs regularly. And the railway staff shows on record that the train arrived little late or arrived on time to change the bonus from 78 days to twice that maybe.. example : 12260 arrived at SDAH at 22:30 instead of 12:30 on 24 Sept 2017. The railway records white washed to show arrival at 20:00. Real shame
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          D.P.Rao
          Sep 25, 2017 at 8:01 am
          This is only on paper. The practicability of such events will be nil as nobody cares for the rules or punctuality of running trains. In turn, other trains running locally will also be effected. The railways should be genuine to keep the timings and should not tell bull stories if it comes to practice. Be proud to keep the rules framed.
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            Tiwari
            Sep 24, 2017 at 2:10 pm
            But Manish Tiwari is a son of a pros ute of Motilal and thrown in the gutter.
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              Tiwari
              Sep 24, 2017 at 2:09 pm
              But Manisha Tiwari will continue to abuse the OM because he is a son of Motilal born to a muslim pros ute and thrown in the gutter.
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