Jul 5, 2017

Mumbai railway commute gets better, new local trains will be faster beyond Borivli

The new local trains on the fast corridor beyond Borivli have been allowed to run faster, at a maximum speed of 110kmph.

But Western Railway (WR) sources said this may not really mean getting to your destination faster if you travel between Borivli and Virar.

Sources said after getting a nod from the Commissioner Railway Safety (CRS) of the Western Region, the zonal railway revised the maximum speed limit for trains procured under the Mumbai Urban Transport Project (MUTP-II) on the fast corridor, between Borivli and Virar and Virar and Dahanu Road stations.

Also known as Bombardier trains, the MUTP-II locals used to run at maximum speeds of 105 kmph beyond Borivli.

The other locals run at top speeds of 80-100 kmph.

But WR sources said faster trains won’t help commutes travelling between Borivli and Virar as services usually get bunched on this stretch — which means trains stop as they wait for the traffic to clear. For passengers travelling beyond Virar, journey time could come down.

Under the Rs5,300-crore MUTP-II project, Mumbai received 72 new local train, all of which plying on the WR.

“The speed of the trains has been revised beyond Borivli recently,” a WR spokesperson said.

- hindustantimes