“Safety precautions” cause delays in trains; commuters at the receiving end

“Safety precautions” cause delays in trains; commuters at the receiving end

Written by Bella Dalima

08 May, 2014 | 10:03 pm

Commuters were inconvenienced due to the delay in train services on Thursday morning.

Twenty five train turns were thus delayed as the Locomotive Engineers Unions had resorted to operate trains in accordance with the safety regulations.

A train transporting fuel from Galle to Colombo Fort had collided with a stationary train at dawn on Wednesday.

The most recent incident prior to Wednesday’s accident occurred when the Rajarata Rajina express train collided with a Deyata Kirula intercity express train in Pothuhera in Kurunegala on April 30.

Following the accident, the Locomotive Engineers Union on Wednesday decided  to operate trains by focussing solely on safety measures until the signal errors are rectified.

According to the Railway Control Room, 23 of the 45 of the office trains were delayed by more than ten minutes on Thursday morning.

The Railway Control Room states that they have not been informed about the trade union action carried out by the Locomotive Engineers Association.

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