The Department of Railways has decided to temporarily stop train services between Galle and Kalutara South from July 1 for a period of seven months, a Railway Spokesman said.
This was necessary in order to facilitate the implementing of the second phase of converting the Coastal Railway Services into a High Speed Railway, Planning Director- Railways- Wijaya Samarasinghe said. Elaborating further on future arrangements, Samarasinghe said that a special bus service would be operated by the CTB, for the regular commuters between Galle and Kalutara South in order to mitigate the inconvenience caused to them.
This phase too would be undertaken under the Indian Line of Credit and just as the first stage high speed stretch of railway line between Galle and Matara had to be blocked off from August last year to March this year, this stretch too would be blocked off and completed.
In the meantime, the third stage, which encompasses the stretch between Kalutara South and Maradana would be converted into a High Speed Line and once the project is completed a commuter would be able to travel from Matara to Colombo in one and a half hours, the Planning Director said.