The Western Railway (WR) is set to increase the minimum speed of trains running on slow tracks between Churchgate and Borivali to 90 kmph which earlier varied from 40-60 kmph. On the fast corridor, trains are already running at an achievable speed of about 100 kmph.
The move to make the slow trains run faster will benefit around 37 lakh commuters of the WR. This will help commuters reach the stations faster and shorten the gaps between two consecutive services.
Also, once the system normalises, it will give the WR a scope to add more trains in the system. At present the WR operates 1,352 services everyday.
As a part of achieving this goal, the WR has improved the signalling system. There are 83 signals — of 1,300 odd signals placed every 450-700 metres — whose aspects have been augmented from 3 signs (red, yellow and green) to 4 signs (red, yellow, double yellow and green). Read More