SOUTHERN RAILWAY OPERATES MORE SPECIAL TRAINS FOR PASSENGER CONVENIENCE
SOUTHERN RAILWAY OPERATES MORE SPECIALTRAINS
FOR PASSENGER CONVENIENCE
Southern Railway runs a number of specialtrains to meet the growing demands of passengers. The special occasions include weekends, long weekends, festival days during pilgrimage season as well as covering various religious centres like Sabarimala, Velankanni, Nagore, Melmaruvathur, Maha Pushkaram, Kumbhmela, Pooja, Diwali, Pongal holidays, etc.,
Various factors like demand for trains in the sector, Terminal facilities, path availability, etc., are taken into consideration while operating specialtrains. Suvidha and Special fare specialtrainsare operated to handle to the extra rush of passengers during vacations and festive occasions and are run by judiciously managing the available rolling stock and manpower.
During April – November 2018, Southern Railway operated a number of specialtrains to popular destinations and on busier routes that have proved beneficial to rail users. Many specials were operated between Chennai and major railway stations viz., Madurai, Tirunelveli, Nagercoil, Velankanni, Ernakulam, Trivandrum and Kollam. Long distance specialtrains were run between Kochuveli – Guwahati, Kochuveli- H.Nizammuddin, Ernakulam- Bengaluru, Coimbatore – Jabalpur, Velankanni – Mumbai, to mention a few.
Good occupancy in Special Trains
A total of 1268 specials were operated during April - November 2018 of which 172 services were Suvidha Specials and 1096 services were Special Fare Specialtrains. While the Suvidha Specials operated by the zone received goodpatronageregistering an average occupancy of 86% with 1.5 lakh passengers travelling by these trains during April – November, 2018, the Special fare specialtrains registered an occupancy of 92% on an average and carried 9.53 lakh passengers during the period.
In all, 11.03 lakh passengers benefited from the special trains operated by Southern Railway.
During April-November, 2018, Southern Railway recorded a revenue of Rs.77.25 crores from 1268 Special trains while during the corresponding period of 2017, the Railway operated 1230 special trains which yielded a revenue of Rs. 74.82 crore.
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