Commuters stranded as rail strike continues; several train services suspended

Commuters stranded as rail strike continues; several train services suspended

Written by Staff Writer

09 Oct, 2014 | 3:40 pm

Train services along several railway lines have been suspended as a result of the strike action launched by a group of railway employees.

Railway Chief Controller D.V. Gunapala said that 68 trips of train travel which was scheduled for Thursday afternoon have been suspended as a result of the strike action.

However, 40 scheduled train trips operated uninterrupted in the morning.
The Railway Graded Trade Union Collective launched a strike action effective midnight Wednesday centering on several grievances including salary anomalies.

Convener of the Railway Graded Trade Union Collective Janaka Fernando said that the strike action was launched at midnight on Wednesday. Several night mail trains scheduled for Wednesday night were cancelled as a result of the strike action.

Our cameras captured the manner in which a number of trains were halted during morning office hours on Thursday, amidst the ongoing strike action. The doors to the entrance of the Colombo Fort Railway station were seen locked on Thursday morning.

The News 1st team which arrived at the premises witnessed several long distance commuters being inconvenienced owing to the strike action.

Meanwhile, our correspondent said that only five trains travelling to remote areas arrived at the Maradana Railway station from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. Thursday.

The trains that had reportedly arrived from Aluthgama, Chillaw, Rambukkana and Avissawella areas.

Few trains which were operating in the Ragama station while the carriages were seen with a massive number of passengers on board.

Meanwhile, train services travelling to remote locations from Colombo were suspended on Tbursday. Our correspondent said that the night mail train which was scheduled for Wednesday night was halted while the Rajarata Rajina also suspended train operations.

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