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Friday, 20 September 2019 - 13:38
Railway on a work-to-rule campaign, much inconvenience to office workers
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Due to a fault that occurred in the Railway Signals system between Colombo and Maradana Railway Stations, and the trade union action of a work-to-rule campaign launched by Railway Trade Unions, today, all trains arriving and departing from Colombo have been delayed.

The Railway Control Room responding to an inquiry made by the Hiru News Division that among the trains delayed this morning were 50 office trains.

The express train which left at 5.55 am from Colombo – Fort to Badulla was more than two hours late.

The Podimenike train from Fort to Kandy was delayed for about 4 hours, a spokesman of the Railway Department said.

Meanwhile, although trains from outstations arriving at Colombo Fort left at the correct times, they were unable to come toward Maradana due to the signal faults and had to be halted at nearby railway stations.

The train on the Kelani Valley line up to Colombo Fort was limited to the Baseline Railway Station and it is reported that no trains ran from Ragama towards Colombo.

Meanwhile, our Hiru Correspondent of the area said that it was possible to see several trains plying on the Colombo to Kandy Railway tracks towards Colombo, halted at the Enderamulla Railway Station this morning on one track.

At the same time it was seen that several trains arriving from Beliatta, Galle and Matara to Maradana halted on one track towards Colombo, at the Slave Island and Kollupitiya Railway Stations.

It was reported that commuters alighted from the trains and went on to main roads to access bus services to enable them to travel to Colombo.

Anyhow, Railway Travel Supervisor V. S. Polwattage said that the signal fault has now been rectified.

In an inquiry made by the Hiru News Division, it was discovered that however, the train delays that occurred due to the signal faults are continuing further.

Meanwhile, a group of commuters angered due to the delays is reported to have assaulted some Engine Drivers and staff, the Convener of the Engine Drivers’ Union Indika Dodangoda said.

In the meantime, the Samurdhi Managers’ Union is engaged in a protest near the Parliament roundabout saying that the Samurdhi Director General is acting arbitrarily.

Our Hiru Correspondent said that as a result there is traffic congestion on the Parliament Road.

The Jathika Vidwath Viyath Pavura has also joined the Samurdhi Managers’ Union and is engaged in the protest near the Parliament roundabout.

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