Sri Lanka Railway announced that the coastal railway line from Kalutara to Aluthgama will be closed from January 01st next year to upgrade the line.
The segment to be closed is a part of the comprehensive project for upgrading the coastal railway line from Colombo to Matara.
The train services on the coastal line will be limited to Colombo to Kalutara and Galle to Matara from January.
Sri Lanka Railways is planning a special joint train-bus service for the convenience of the passengers during this period, a spokesman of Sri Lanka Railways said.
The reconstructed Galle-Matara segment was opened in February this year for high-speed passenger train transport while the second phase of construction between Galle and Hikkaduwa also began on the 15th of February.
Sri Lanka Railway closed the railway from Aluthgama to Galle in July 2011.
The upgraded railway line is to be reopened by March 2012.
The Indian government has pledged US$ 167.4 million for the project. Indian Railway Construction Company Limited (IRCON) is entrusted with the construction.