Trains to ply at 130 km/h in Kerala within next 2 years, says Railway

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Chennai: Southern Railway said that trains could conduct services at a speed of 130 km per hour on Shoranur-Mangalore, Thiruvananthapuram-Kayamkulam, Alappuzha-Ernakulam and Shoranur-Pothanur routes within the next two years.

BG Mallya, General Manager of Southern Railway, informed that railways would adopt newer railway tracks and upgrade the existing signal system to enable trains to run at such high speeds. The project is planned to be completed by FY 2024/25. Meanwhile, Arakkonam-Jolarpettai, Egmore-Vizllupuram and Tiruchirappalli-Dindigul lines will be upgraded to run trains at a speed of 130 km.

The announcement came in a press release regarding the speed test conducted on the 134 km long Chennai-Gudur section. In the trial run held on Thursday, the railway ran trains at a speed of 143 km/h here.

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