Train Trip

The Rail fares could be revised with flat zonal rates introduced to increase revenues and productivity in the ailing Railways Department. The Rail fares could be revised with flat zonal rates introduced to increase revenues and productivity in the ailing Railways Department. Railways Chief Priyal de Silva told Lanka Business Online that the Department was now printing tickets for rides between 325 stations, with a separate ticket for travel between each destination (Fort to Kollupity, Fort to Bambalaptiya, Fort to Wellawate and so on).

The proposal is still at a conceptual stage, but de Silva says if implemented fully, the rail travel will end up with automated ticket sales counters and electronic tickets and fully enclosed stations.

However, for now the department will look at restructuring the current ticketing system, replacing it with a zonal tariff, with every zone covering an equal distance between them.

Prices will continue to remain below bus fares, to keep current commuters and also attract more people to take the trains, especially during rush hours.

At the moment, rail fares are well below cost with ticket