New Times

Jan 19, 2008 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s cash strapped state-run railway utility has revamped its schedule from Saturday, following requests from ‘commuter associations’, officials said. . “Railway Department took this decision after requests from passengers,” railways chief Lalitha Siri Gunaruwan, said.

“This is because we want to give a better service to the public.”

The new time table has been adjusted especially to accommodate commuters who use ‘office trains’ which bring some 15,000 passengers daily to work in the capital Colombo from other outlying towns.

Some commute to Colombo from places as far away as Kandy in the central hills. The Colombo ‘office train’ starts in Kandy at 4.00 am in the morning.

The time schedule change follows requests by both formal and informal passenger associations, railway control officials said.

Clubbing

Many passengers have clubbed together to form associations styling themselves with such names as the Bangadeniya Association and the Kandy-Colombo Association, or Galu Kumari Association.

Galu Kumari or ‘Galle Princess’ is the name of a regular train that runs to the town of Galle along the coastal track.