3 track fractures hit commuters after Christmas holidays

3 track fractures hit commuters after Christmas holidays

Central Railway trains ran late during peak hours on Wednesday morning after two track fractures on the main line and one on the trans-harbour route. It affected many commuters who were resuming office after Christmas vacations.

Sources said the fractures were reported between Sion-Kurla stations on the down fast track around 8am, on the Vashi trans-harbour corridor and between Thane-Mulund around 9am. Trains ran 15-30 minutes late, inconveniencing scores of passengers, especially on the Karjat-CSMT and Kasara-CSMT main line. A commuter said bunching of trains led to delays till afternoon. “Trains were late and platforms were crowded,” said a Kurla commuter who was late for work.

Railway officials said announcements were made and some trains were cancelled. Sources told TOI there were several reasons for track fractures, and when detected the affected track is usually clamped and speed restrictions are enforced to ensure passenger safety. Read More

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