Tuesday saw train services on both Central and Western lines affected during morning and evening peak hours because of technical problems.
Services of the central line were disrupted during the morning peak hours because of a rail fracture (crack on a track) on the fast corridor at Dombivli at 8.40am.
Subsequently, all fast trains heading towards Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) were delayed by at least 20 minutes and commuter chaos on platforms as trains had to be diverted on the slow line till the workers fixed the damaged track.
“The punctuality of eight trains were affected during this time. The workers managed to repair the fault by 9.45am and services were then resumed,” said chief public relations officer, V Malegaonkar of Central Railway.
Sources said that during this period the tracks were immediately replaced and bridged using a metal clip until they will be fixed during a maintenance worl carried out during weekends.
Suburban train services on the western line were affected at Churchgate station due to a point failure, just as the evening peak rush was about to begin at 4.35 pm.
When this technical problem occurs, trains are not able to use the crossover for traversing from one track to the other.
As a result no trains were allowed to pull into Churchgate station on all four platforms until 5 pm until the problem was rectified.
“Services of five trains were delayed due to this problem. There were no cancellations of trains,” said chief PRO of WR, S Chandrayan.
The trains were stopped at Charni Road station until the problem was rectified.