Suburban trains being operated from Arakkonam and Gummidipoondi to Velachery on MRTS line, which were under trial, have been made permanent. Commuters can also avail services on eight additional trains, from the existing 51, which will run daily except on Sundays.
There are 31 services to Vela chery and 28 from Velachery from Saturday . Railway board approved a proposal from Southern Railway to regularise the services.
Fifty-one services were in Fifty-one services were in troduced on July 25 on a trial basis from Gummidipoondi and Arakkonam. They were used by around 30,000 commuters daily in either direction, which is 30% of the total daily traffic on the MRTS route.
K Baskar, a frequent commu ter, said, “The move is good.There are some minor glitches which need to be set right to make the service useful for commuters. The board kept in front of the train does not say that the service is a fast train which does not stop at all stations. Automatic announcements at stations also do not mention the train as going to Velachery .“
The Railways is yet to integrate the new name of the trains into the pre-recorded announcement system at stations.
The trains cut down travel time by at least 30 to 45 minutes per journey . Commuters can take the trains to avoid heavy road traffic in front of the Chennai Central station to reach Park Town. As trains on Arakkonam and Gummidipoondi routes are delayed, commuters used to miss connections to Velachery at Beach station.
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