MUMBAI: The Western Railway (WR) has received the sanction from the commissioner of railway safety (CRS) to run trains at 130 kmph on the 694 km stretch between Virar and Nagda instead of restricting these to the 110 kmph allowed so far. With the nod, trains on the Mumbai-Gujarat-Delhi route shall gain speed, cutting down travel time by 30 minutes to 60 minutes.
On the WR, the Rajdhani Express and the Shatabdi Express already run at 130 kmph under special sanction. Now the blanket approval means more trains with LHB coaches will get upgraded to the 130 kmph level.
“The process of revising the timetable is underway at all zonal railways in which this stretch falls,” an fficial said. “The new timetable, which will come into effect from August 1, will reflect the running status of 130 kmph.”
Trains like the Paschim Express, the Gujarat Mail and the ones going to Rajasthan and Delhi with LHB coaches will be able to save time.
“The increase in speed of trains is now possible because of concrete sleepers laid with long rails and maintained by high-end technology machines which are procured from Austria,” WR chief public relations officer Ravinder Bhakar said.