Railways plans to run trains at 130 kmph in Kerala by 2026


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Chennai: Railways said the construction works to increase the running speed of trains to 130 kilometre per hour in Kerala will be completed in 2026. The works in Mangaluru-Shoranur route is estimated to be completed in 2025, while the works at Shoranur-Thiruvananthapuram route (via Alappuzha) will be settled in 2026. However, Railways has not disclosed details of the works in Thiruvananthapuram-Kottayam route.

Currently, the trains are moving at a maximum speed of 110 kmph in Mangaluru-Shoranur route and 90 kmph in Shoranur-Pothanur route.

The works include replacing railway tracks, straightening curves, strengthening bridges, renovating automatic signalling systems, repairing electric lines, and setting up barricades at railway crossings.

The speed of trains will be improved in Thiruvananthapuram-Shoranur route at a phased manner. In the initial phase, the speed will be increased to 110 kmph from the present 100 kmph in Thiruvananthapuram- Kayamkulam route, to 110 kmph from 90 kmph in Kayamkulam- Thuravoor route, and up to 90 kmph from 80 kmph in Ernakulam-Shoranur route. The speed will be raised to 130 kmph later. The project will be accomplished by incorporating the Prime Minister Gati Shakti project.

Meanwhile, the Southern Railways informed that the feasibility study to escalate the speed of trains to 160 kmph in Mangaluru-Thiruvananthapuram route is underway. The study is likely to be completed in December 2023, said officials.

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