Home / / Luxury rail services on tracks from today

Luxury rail services on tracks from today


Comments / 3615 Views / Thursday, 6 October 2011 00:50


Bringing a welcome change to rail transportation, two luxury services between Colombo and Kandy operated by private sector and facilitated by the Government will be officially flagged off today.

First to takeoff will be Expo Rail operated by Expolanka Holdings at 7:20 a.m. from Fort Railway station, whilst later in the evening at 3:15 p.m. Blue Line Company’s Rajadhani Express will takeoff.            

Transport Minister Kumar Welgama and Deputy Minister Rohana Dissanayake will officiate at the launch.

The private sector-serviced and marketed luxury coaches attached to the trains operated by Sri Lanka Railway are fully air-conditioned, carpeted, have first class toilets facilities, free Wi-Fi, side racks to store passengers luggage, on board snacks, tea/coffee and steward service.

Expo Rail will be charging Rs. 1,200 per passenger for a return ticket on all-inclusive basis, whilst Rajadhani’s fee will be Rs. 850 without snacks.

Considered a boon for middle and upper middle-income and tourists wishing to use the railway to travel, via the luxury services the Sri Lanka Railway will generate revenue by charging the operators a standard first class fare per seat. The new generated income will be used for the development of railway services.


Share This Article


COMMENTS

Today's Columnists

India’s ‘Act East’ policy rests on forging closer links with ASEAN

19 August 2017

Given its seemingly-intractable problems with neighbours Pakistan and China, India has been reaching out to friendlier countries beyond the region, both to its West and the East.  In the East, its key partners are Japan and the Association ...


When political power is wielded by a small elite

18 August 2017

How did some nations, like a Japan, China, United Stated, become wealthy and powerful, while others remain stuck in poverty? And why do some of those powers, from ancient Rome to the modern Soviet Union, prosper for periods and then collapse? Pol...


Cleanse those ‘Augean Stables’ – don’t just bolt the barn doors!

18 August 2017

I am amazed – and amused – by the spate of “ministerial responses” to Ravi’s exit last week. The Prime Minister has promised to expedite the backlog of anticorruption cases his administration appears to have shelved f...


Risk management: Everyone’s business!

18 August 2017

Home truths   Organisations and their employees takerisks and also managerisksevery day.  Of course, it is a part of the business and the service delivery operations. However, often, the management of risks is confined...


Columnists More