Luxury rail services on tracks from today

  Published : 12:50 am  October 6, 2011  |  3,543 views  |  7 comments  |  Print This Post   |  E-mail to friend
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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.


7 Responses to “Luxury rail services on tracks from today”

  1. Loki on October 6th, 2011 8:27 am

    At last we managed put a luxury train on the track. This was needed for many years. This is the way forward thinking…… waiting to see electric trains between Gampaha and Fort as the first phase before our departure. Weldone

  2. Ravana on October 6th, 2011 8:30 am

    What we need is a commuter train that leaves Kandy around 5,30am and gets to Colombo around 8am with stops in Gampaha , Ragama and Fort.

    There will be passengers who will buy a monthly season ticket for this service and the whole train can be run on the 1st class carriage.

    This will result in a saving for the commuters and less congestion on the Kandy Colombo highway.

    Please consider urgently !

  3. Ravana on October 6th, 2011 8:31 am

    The return train can leave fort around 5pm and get to Kandy by 7.30pm with the same stops.

  4. Dr. Mervyn Mediwake on October 6th, 2011 9:40 am

    This will increase the use of Railway travel by families, ladies and all types of tourist who prefer hassle free travel. Well done!

  5. bandula on October 6th, 2011 9:58 am

    you operate every train against the traffic flow.people travel to colombo from kandy in the morning and return in the evening. less people coming to Kandy in the morning except saturday morning.

  6. Kumar on October 6th, 2011 10:23 am

    It is Verey good that luxury trains are to be operated. Sr-Lanka has to up grade the Railway system. Bring down quality engins and luxiory compartments not from (India or China) can charge reasonebelly. I purpose the charges for normel train fair Kandy-Colombo Rs 1250-1700,Luxery fair 2000-2900 ,With snacks. I travel every year in Eirope charges are verey high but the Quality is there. In Germany and Switzerland Railways are similer to the flights. Renovate all the Railway stations in Sri-Lanka and beautify and clean them. Clean restrooms are verey importent. good Luck CGR.
    CGR should corperate with private sector should privetaise.

  7. Puran Appu on October 6th, 2011 4:09 pm

    Long awaited good move. Train ticketing system should be computerized and should be accessible on line as well. Tracks to be improved and stations should be beautified in the main line. Kandy railway station has to be modernized par with international standards catering much needy tourist customer base. To minimize the dangers modern technology should be used with the help of private-public partnership. All staff should be instructed and trained properly to deliver customer services. More importantly wear full uniforms while on duty – provided by the department and be in neat attire. (currently some are scruffy and unconscious or subconscious about customer care)

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