Weekend crowds targeted :
Airconditioned trains to Kandy from tomorrow
The Railway Department will tomorrow launch its first train service
with airconditioned compartments for passengers travelling between Kandy
and Colombo, after its first run from Kandy to Colombo, General Manager
of the Railways B.A.P. Ariyaratne told the Sunday Observer.
“We are launching this airconditioned train service targeting the
crowds visiting Kandy during the weekends”, he said.
After the train service begins tomorrow from Kandy to Colombo, it
will run between Colombo and Kandy from Friday evening to Monday morning
and passengers who travel on this train should reserve their seats in
According to the schedule, the train will start its run from Colombo
Fort on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 5.50 p.m. and leave Kandy at 5.50
a.m. on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
“At present we have scheduled this train only on weekends and it will
be extended to other days depending on the demand for the service”,
He said the Railway Department is making arrangements for passengers
to reserve their seats even one month ahead, deviating from the current
reservation process that enables passengers to reserve seats only two
weeks in advance.
He said the train service will be more comfortable for passengers to
travel between Colombo and Kandy and the fee will be Rs.500 per one way
journey as it is first class. Around 220 seats are available.
He said the Department is launching this new train service apart from
the normal intercity train between Colombo and Kandy.
“This will also be an intercity train service as it will stop only at
Peradeniya, Ragama and Gampaha”, he said.
“We expect this service to be a boon for the tourism industry in the
country and it will also be a tourist attraction” he said.