Auspicious Moment

The Railway Department is waiting for a “good time” to reel out an alternate rail service from Fort to Nugegoda from November. The Railway Department is waiting for a “good time” to reel out an alternate rail service from Fort to Nugegoda from November. “We are going to start the rail bus service on the Kelaniweli line from November 5. The Railway Department is checking for a good time to start the first trip,” said Secretary to the Ministry of Transport, Dr. D S Jayaweera.

The rail bus has been created by converting two TATA busses at the cost of Rs. 6 mn.

Once the auspicious time is settled, the 80 seater rail bus will initially do 12, half-an-hour trips from Fort to Nugegoda on a daily basis at off-peak hours.

“The track is only used by the regular trains in the morning and evening. We will operate the rail bus in between, during the slack time,” said Jayaweera.

The tickets will be around Rs. 4.50 per one way trip and the Ministry is looking at increasing the number of rail busses next year depending on the success of the scheme.

At the moment, according to Railway Department, the Nugegoda – Fort rai