Feb 15, 2014

You can buy a railway ticket on your mobile now

Mumbai : In a path-breaking step, the railways are working on developing a radio patching signal that will enable commuter to purchase tickets using their mobile phones once they enter the railway station premises. The radio patching signals will be acting like a wifi, which the commuter can get connected to once inside the premises.

The technology will enable the commuter to purchase the ticket from the server directly without standing in the queue. The radio waves will get connected to the mobile phones enabling them to make the purchase even while boarding the train.

While officials are working towards improving the ticketing experience of the commuters, they are also worried about the system being cracked.

A senior railway official said, “There needs to be a anti-virus or a fire wall developed to guard the system from being tampered. As the radio signals will be available to everyone, there is a possibility of it being tampered.”

He further added, “The system needs to be made intact like the Public Reservation System (PRS). The PRS is an independent system that cannot be tampered with or fiddled with.

If the radio signalling systems come into existence, the entire concept of ticketing and non-ticketing area will be changed. There will be no distinction between a ticketing and a non-ticketing area. The area where the ticketing booths are placed are identified as non-ticketing area whereas the platforms are considered as the ticketing area where a commuter can enter only with a proper ticket or a platform ticket.

An official added, “The entire concept of ticketing and non- ticketing area will have to be redefined and new rules and regulations will have to be implemented.

Source - free press journal

Dedicated Freight Corridor on Delhi-Mumbai route to be operational by 2018

JAIPUR: The North Western Railway has projected the date of Delhi-Mumbai freight corridor to be operational by 2018. Tarun Jain, Chief Public Relation Officer, NWR informed that construction of 23 major and important bridges between Vaitarana and Bharuch has been completed. “The share of Rajasthan in 39% in the overall project and it will likely to create maximum job opportunities here,” said Jain.

The Japanese government is funding the project and has allocated $4.5 billion for 625 km Rewari-Palanpur section. The length of the corridor is 1,535km.The corridor would pass through six states — Delhi, Western Uttar Pradesh, southern Haryana, eastern Rajasthan, eastern Gujarat, and western Maharashtra

Source - rail news 

Railway Wagon Factory proposal at Sitalapalli in Ganjam District hang in balance

Berhampur (BAM): The fate of the proposed railway wagon factory at Sitalapalli in Ganjam district is hanging in balance. Union railways minister Mallikarjun Kharge remained silent on the project in his interim railway budget presented on Wednesday, pushing the project into uncertainty.

The proposal for construction of the factory was first announced by the then railways minister Mamata Banarjee in her budget speech in 2011-12. Since then every railways minister mentioned about it in the budget every year.

“It shows the step-motherly attitude of railways to Odisha,” said Rajya Sabha member Renubala Pradhan.

“Since interim railway budget is silent on the project, we are in doubt over its implementation,” said MLA (Gopalpur) Pradeep Kumar Panigrahi.

“When the state government has extended all cooperation for implementation of the project, including identifying the site, we are surprised over the ministry’s silence,” Panigrahi said. The project was to be implemented in public-private partnership (PPP) mode and the ministry had sought 100 acre from the state government.

The district administration has earmarked 101 acre after a joint verification with officials of East Coast Railway. This has already been conveyed to the railways ministry, sources said.
source - rail news

Tripunithura looks to grow with Metro

Tripunithura: With the Kochi Metro rail extending to Tripunithura, the municipal budget 2014-15, presented by vice-chairperson Thilothama Suresh, focused on developing link roads and public places as part of the project on Thursday. A major portion of the annual income has been allotted for expanding non-conventional sectors which in turn would increase the revenue of the municipality.

"More funds have been allocated for infrastructure development. Apart from link roads, the earlier proposal to construct a shopping complex-cum-bus bay, next to the proposed new Metro rail terminal near Milma, needs to be revived," the vice-chairperson said.

For maintaining and widening link roads, a total of Rs.16.07 crore has been earmarked in the budget. This includes a plan fund grant of Rs 5.25 crore and finance commission aid of Rs 2.4 crore.

For the wetland tourism project, planned with financial assistance of BPCL, a sum of Rs 2.9 crore has been allocated. And for the open air theatre-cum-park at the old RLV campus, a sum of Rs 4 crore has been earmarked for acquiring land from the palace administration board, the apex body of Kochi royal family.

Since the Metro rail will congest nearby areas such as Thiruvankulam and Irumbanam, the municipality has proposed the construction of Chithrapuzha-Mamala bund road (bypass) and an initial amount of Rs 25 lakh has been allocated for it. Municipal chairman R Venugopal presided over the budget session.


UK rail service disruptions continue after high winds

Dawlish storm damage

Repairs at Dawlish to storm damage on the main railway line to Devon and Cornwall are likely to be completed by 18 March, the transport secretary, Patrick McLoughlin, has indicated.

He told the Commons that work was "continuing apace" to mend the destroyed line and platform at Dawlish station.

"The collapsed wall has been shored up with material salvaged from the damaged section, a temporary breakwater made of shipping containers filled with waste has been erected off the coast, removal of the damaged platform continues, and work is estimated to be completed by 18 March," he said.

Labour claimed the government had failed to allocate a single new penny for roads or rail since the floods began, pointing out that the £30m for roads and the £31m for resilience on south-west railways had been announced before the floods.

The government confirmed that it had not applied to the European Union resilience fund set aside for EU member states suffering from flooding or other natural disasters.

The Tory former cabinet minister Cheryl Gillan pointed out that Britain had received £127m from the fund after flooding in 2008 to help with clean-up work and infrastructure restoration.

Mary Creagh, the shadow transport secretary, said Network Rail was facing extra costs of £118m because of the flooding and it "does not have those types of reserves or money just to shell that out".

A Department for Transport spokesman said the money was available now, adding that it was to deliver 10 projects along the western route, including works at Cowley Bridge in Exeter, which would improve the railway's ability to withstand extreme weather.

Flooding was so bad on the western route last year that Network Rail was forced to pay out £12.5m in compensation to train companies because of cancellations and delays. Repairs cost a further £15m.

The high winds that swept across Britain on Wednesday brought further havoc on a railway network already battered by floods.

Overnight work had restored the majority of services on Thursday, albeit with widespread delays, although severe problems from flooding continued on the great western line.

Disruption on the two major north-south rail lines was persisting on Thursday. Damage to overhead power lines meant train services were to remain suspended on the west coast mainline between Liverpool and Crewe until mid-morning, although Crewe station, which had been evacuated, was open again.

Another section of the line that was closed between Wolverhampton and Stafford reopened at 8.40am on Thursday, with first services running at slightly reduced speeds.

But a tree that fell on lines between Preston and Lancaster was expected to disrupt some Virgin services further north for some time, and the train operator warned passengers to expect some delays across its routes as services returned to normal.

At the height of the storm, Britain's busiest intercity train service was brought to a standstill on Wednesday afternoon – with Virgin at one point telling all customers via Twitter to "abandon travel".

On the east coast mainline, storm damage meant speed restrictions in the Berwick area slowed down travel between Edinburgh and the south, although the main line remained open. Damage to power lines in Yorkshire has caused further delays.

Passengers have been warned to expect disruption on CrossCountry, TransPennine and Northern Rail services, and have been told that tickets should be interchangeable between operators.

Severe disruption persists across Wales with trees and other obstructions on the line blocking services between Clarbeston Road and Fishguard Harbour, and Llandudno Junction and Blaenau Ffestiniog. Power cables have stopped services between Aberystwyth and Machynlleth, where the train lines had already taken a battering in recent weeks and parts of the Cambrian line had already been declared closed for some months to come.

Meanwhile, First Great Western continued to advise passengers not to travel unless absolutely necessary, with major disruption to all services west from London Paddington, as well as in Devon and Cornwall, due to heavy flooding. It has lifted ticket restrictions across all its trains until Friday.

Much of the damage in the south and west from wind, rain and floods could take weeks or even months to repair, Network Rail has warned.

Network Rail said hundreds of rail engineers had worked through the night to remove scores of trees and hundreds of pieces of debris from blocked lines, and repair more than a dozen problems of broken overhead wires.

Source - the guardian

'Unprecedented conditions' on Sussex rail line

UK, England :

The line between Battle and Robertsbridge in East Sussex will remain closed until March as work continues to repair damage caused by landslips.

There have been 40 landslips across Kent and East Sussex since December, affecting rail lines including those at Stonegate and Battle.

Network Rail said it was dealing with "unprecedented conditions" on that stretch of the line.

BBC South East's Chrissie Reidy spoke to Fiona Taylor and Derek Butcher, both from Network Rail.

Source - BBC





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