According to DRM, Tiruvananthapuram Division is one of the slowest among the Southern Railway.
As part of the move to accelerate the movement of passenger trains in Central and Southern parts of the state, the Railways have raised the speed limit in the Ernakulam-Mulanthuruthy stretch from 70 km/hr to 90 km/hr. This will enable faster movement of trains in the section, Railways officials said.
“The Ernakulam-Mullanthuruthy stretch was a problem sector, with speed of trains in the division being very low. The average speed of trains throughout the division was 80 km/hr. But now that the doubling works are complete and the tracks on the Ernakulam-Mulanthuruthy route have been strengthened, we thought it safe to increase the speed of the trains in the section,” the officials added.
Thiruvananthapuram Divisional Railway Manager Rajesh Agarwal said that the move is part of the third phase of the ‘speeding up’ proposal made with respect to the division. “Several steps are being taken to increase the speed of trains throughout the division,” he said.
According to him, the Thiruvananthapuram division is one of the slowest under the Southern Railways.
“In many other parts of the country, trains travel at an average speed of 110-120 km/hr. Currently proposals are on to raise the speed of trains in the Thiruvananthapuram division to 110 km/hr at least.
The first phase of the plan would be implemented on the Thrissur-Guruvayur stretch,” he said. He added that currently, the Thrissur-Guruvayur sector lags well behind all others of the division, with an average speed of only 50 to 80 km/hr.
According to Railway sources, the only way to increase the speed of trains in the division is to bring down the number of stops of all the trains.
In the past, there have ben proposals to cut down the stoppages of all Express trains. Also, steps are being taken to consolidate the tracks on the entire route. Ernakulam Area Manager P L Ashok Kumar said that the Railways are planning to increase the speed of the trains at several loop lines at all stations. Loop lines are curved tracks present on the railway station premises.
The speed is planned to be increased from 15 km/hour to 30 km/hr.