Train services will return to normal – assures Transport Minister

Train services will return to normal – assures Transport Minister

Written by Staff Writer

12 May, 2014 | 10:13 pm

The meeting between representatives of Locomotive Operating Engineers Union and the transport ministry ended conclusively  on Monday.

Speaking at a media briefing in Colombo, Minister of Transport Kumar Welgama said that, based on a common consensus, train services will return to normal.

A meeting was held between the Secretary to the Ministry of Transport and representatives of the  Locomotive Operating Engineers Union at the Ministry of Transport in Colombo on Monday.

Subsequent to the meeting, a media briefing was convened.

Speaking at the briefing Minister of Transport, Kumar Welgama said, firstly, we must admit that there are several shortcoming in our administrative framework and the way in which train services operate. Incidents of this nature occur when these issues meet.  Hence, we ironed out our problems within the Railways Department and discussed how we could move forward. We reached acommon consensus and decided that train services will operate as before.

Meanwhile, the All Ceylon Railway Employees General Union also convened a media briefing on Monday.  Twenty train services along the coastal railway line was delayed due to the work to rule campaign launched by locomotive drivers.

On May 8, the Locomotive Operating Engineers union decided to launch a work to rule campaign by adhering to strict safety rules, until the signal system is restored. The decision was taken following the train accidents in Pothuhera and Aluthgama.

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