From this weekend, you can take a fast train to travel between Thane and Panvel.
The Central Railway, which started operating the Thane-Panvel line a year ago, will run two fast locals connecting Mumbai with the satellite city on February 5.
The trains will also halt at Kharghar, Belapur, Nerul, and Kopar Khairane, cutting travelling time from 55 to 46 minutes.
The new locals will be 9-coach trains as the CR is facing problem in faster procurement of the new-age coaches. “The new trains are being given to both CR and WR and so the process is bit slow,” said a senior CR official. The CR has planned to convert all its 9-coach trains to 12-coach ones from June 2010.
The CR will also introduce 12 additional trains between Vangini and Lonavla stations. “These services will be added after two months once the AC/DC conversion is complete at Vangini,” said divisional railway manager, M Chauhan of CR. The 12 new services will be transferred on this route instead of the main suburban line.
“The scope to add new train services is limited as the schedule is running tight,” he added. The total number of services has increased from 1464 to 1468.
The Harbour line is also expected to run 16 new 9-coach Siemens trains between CST and Panvel.
They have also delayed the timing of last local leaving CST to Belapur by 10 minutes to 12.38 am and advanced the timing of last local to Bandra at 12.34 am by 4 minutes.