Slow trains on Churchgate-Borivali route to pick up pace

Western Railway has sought permission from Commissioner of Rail Safety (CRS) to increase the speed of Bombardier-made trains from 70 km per hour to 90 km per hour

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Western Railway (WR) has applied for the increase in the minimum speed of slow trains running on the Churchgate-Borivali route to cut travel time and also to fit new services between Churchgate and Borivali stations on the slow line. WR has sought permission from Commissioner of Rail Safety (CRS) to raise the speed of Bombardier-made trains from 70 km per hour to 90 km per hour.  

This means that a slow train could now cover the distance from Churchgate station to Borivali station in 45 minutes, which at present, takes an hour. Nearly 860 services are completed by Bombardier local trains operating in WR every day. According to officials, the increased speed of the trains will allow to add at least 10 new services on the Churchgate-Borivali route. A positive response from the CRS is expected within a month.  

At present, Bombardier-made trains are operated at a minimum speed of 70 km per hour considering safety concerns due to close proximity of the signals and speed restrictions in several sections. To facilitate the increase in speed, the WR has reworked the distance between signals. The move will impact 72 Bombardier-made trains out of WR’s 101 suburban trains. 

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