Trains run again on upcountry line

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The Department of Railways resumed train services to the upcountry on Tuesday (9), after suspending the service for eight days due to landslides caused by inclement weather.

General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Station Masters’ Union (SLSMU) Kasun Chamara said due to the landslides, the necessary activities have been prepared to operate the upcountry railway on 9, 10 and 11 August, only from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

As a result, starting yesterday, only trains departing from Colombo Fort Railway Station at 05.45 a.m., 08.30 a.m., and 09.45 a.m. run to Badulla.  Trains to Badulla Railway Station will operate at 05.45 a.m. and 08.30 a.m., and trains from Badulla Railway Station to Colombo Fort are scheduled to run at 10.15 a.m. on 10 and 11 August.

Railways and Industries sub-department officials and employees are already working to restore the road as soon as possible.

Landslides affected nearly 20 upcountry railway stations as a result of heavy rains that fell on the upcountry on 1 August 2022. In addition, the Department of Railways had to halt trains between Colombo Fort and Badulla for eight days due to train operations being obstructed on the upland railway line due to large trees and rocks falling on the railway line.

BY Thameenah Razeek