Oct 12, 2014

View plans for public transport facilities for Newhaven

Cllr Carl Maynard, East Sussex County Council lead member for transport and environment SUS-140910-110336001

People are being offered the chance to view plans for improved public transport facilities near Newhaven Town railway station.

The East Sussex County Council scheme is due to be completed in time for the opening of the new University Technical College (UTC) on Railway Quay in September next year.

The facility will include improved bus stops and waiting areas and provide better links between the station, bus services and the college.

The design will incorporate bus stops for east and westbound buses, a taxi rank and a pick-up and drop-off area, while a new real-time passenger information system will improve the connection between bus and rail services.

Cllr Carl Maynard, county council lead member for transport and environment, said: “As a council we’re keen to encourage more people to use public transport for everyday journeys.

“These improvements will allow a smoother connection between rail and bus services, provide better facilities for students and staff at the new college and improve the experience of passengers.”

The £200,000 project is being funded by a combination of county council funds set aside for local transport improvements and contributions secured from local developments.

People can view the plans online from today (October 10) at www.eastsussex.gov.uk/haveyoursay and have until October 31 to submit any comments.
Source..sussex express

Network Rail: Debt-ridden train operator’s Middle East contract is its biggest coup yet

Network Rail will help a new Saudi Arabian railway to run on time in a deal worth nearly £100m. It marks a major advance in attempts to commercialise the debt-ridden railway operator.

The Government had been keen to see the independent but state-backed rail operator find alternative sources of revenue to ease the more than £30bn debt it had racked-up in maintaining and running 20,000 miles of Britain’s track, 32,000 bridges and tunnels, and 19 major stations, including Glasgow Central, Liverpool Lime Street and London Waterloo.

Last month, Network Rail was nationalised, in effect, when this debt was shifted on to the Treasury’s books. This month, the Office of Rail Regulation warned that the track operator was failing to be “sufficiently transparent” in its financial reporting.

Network Rail’s consultancy arm was established in 2012 to take advantage of its in-house experts and win lucrative international advisory work to help reduce costs. Sir David Higgins, its then chief executive, said at its launch that the consultancy division would be a “national champion” and “become a valuable international ambassador” for the UK rail industry.

In its biggest contract to date, Network Rail Consulting, which helps governments to manage their rail construction projects, has been made the preferred bidder for a contract with the Saudi Railway Company, in a deal worth between £50m-£100m. This dwarfs the previous record of around £15m for advisory work on a 23-mile track in New South Wales, Australia.

The Saudi Railway Company is behind the biggest railway in the world currently under construction. As well as stretching for 1,708 miles, the North-South Railway will have 148 bridges, 17 of which are being built over valleys. The £3.3bn railway is intended to develop Saudi Arabia’s economy and will include freight services and passenger trains.

Because the deal is worth more than £50m, it requires the approval of Network Rail’s chief executive, Mark Carne, as well as the consulting arm’s board, led by managing director Nigel Ash. The final agreement is expected to be in place and signed off by the end of the year.

A Network Rail spokesman confirmed that it had been made preferred bidder “for a consulting contract in the Middle East”, but declined to give more details due to “confidentiality conflicts”.

The new contract comes as the Government described its move to take responsibility of Network Rail’s debts as a “reclassification” to meet European accounting rules.

This means that the group’s debt burden is added to the country’s balance sheet and government ministers will have to approve the business cases behind Network Rail’s biggest decisions. It will also have a greater say on who sits on its board.

Network Rail has just set out its latest five-year-plan for Britain, which includes spending £38bn on projects such as running up to 700 extra trains between large northern cities, electrifying 850 miles of track and upgrading Birmingham New Street and Manchester Victoria stations.

Rail Mail Service at Chennai Central Gets Battery Operated Car

CHENNAI: Workers of Rail Mail Service (RMS), which transports a major portion of the 24 lakh mails and 28000 parcels delivered in Tamil Nadu, at Chennai Central will be able to use a battery operated vehicle to transport the heavy bags from the unloading point to the trains.

The vehicle was launched on Saturday by senior officials of Chennai division, Southern Railway and T Murthy, Chief Postmaster General Tamil Nadu circle as part of the week long postal week celebrations.

The postal department took this action to facilitate easy and smooth handling of the mail bags. Previously 100 hand trolleys were being used by the RMS staff for conveying the postal mail sacks, whose iron wheels were replaced with pneumatic ones after an RPF crackdown.

The postal department plants to add more number of battery operated vehicles at Central and Egmore railway stations to replace the existing trolleys.
Source..new indian express

BULLETIN NO.1 Travel Advisory to Rail Passengers and Helplines in the wake of cyclone ‘Hudhud’

BULLETIN NO.1 Travel Advisory to Rail Passengers and Helplines in the wake of cyclone ‘Hudhud’

In view of the cyclonic weather conditions prevailing in the north coastal region of Andhra Pradesh due to the impending severe cyclonic storm ‘Hudhud’, there is a likelihood of change in the pattern of train services in this region in the next 3 days in the interest of safety as ‘Hudhud’ is likely to bring forth heavy winds/rainfall.  
            The train services scheduled to be run o­n/via Secunderabad – Kazipet – Vijayawada – Visakhapatnam; and Tirupati – Gudur  – Vijayawada – Samalkot/Kakinada – Visakhapatnam Sections of South Central Railway, are likely to be affected during the period from 11th to 13thOctober, 2014. The local passenger/express trains running within this area are likely to be fully/partially cancelled / regulated as per the demands of the situation.

SCR to run Two AC Superfast Special Trains Between Secunderabad-Visakhapatnam

In order to clear extra rush of passengers, South Central Railway will run two AC superfast special trains between Secunderabad-Visakhapatnam as per the following schedule:-

Train No. 02728 Secunderabad - Visakhapatnam AC Superfast Special Train will depart Secunderabad at 10:10 pm o­n 24th October, 2014 (Friday)and arrive Visakhapatnam at 10:35 am o­n the next day.

In the return direction, Train No. 02727 Visakhapatnam - Secunderabad AC Superfast Special Train will depart Visakhapatnam at 7:05 pm o­n 25th October, 2014 (Saturday)and arrive Secunderabad at 07:50 am o­n the next day.

Enroute, these AC special trains will stop at Kazipet, Warangal, Vijayawada, Eluru, Tadepalligudem, Rajahmundry, Samalkot, Annavaram, Tuni, Anakapalli and Duvvada stations in both the directions.

These trains will have 17 coaches viz, o­ne AC First Class, three AC II Tier, eleven AC III Tier and two power car coaches.

(K.Sambasiva Rao)
Chief Public Relations Officer

SCR Nets Rs. 47.52 Cr. as Penalty from Ticketless / Irregular Travellers between April - September, 2014

South Central Railway carried out continuous drives against ticketless travel, irregular travel and un-booked luggage during the period from April to September, 2014 all over the zone, with a view to ensure comfortable and safe travel of the bona-fide passengers.
 As a part of these, the Ticket checking staff and Railway Protection Force personnel of SCR undertook series of regular checks, surprise checks, fortress checks, Road checks etc., during the period from April to September, 2014. During the course of these checks, a total of 14.77 lakh cases were detected. These include 4.5 lakh cases of travel without tickets; 5.23 lakh cases of irregular travel (ie., transfer of reserved tickets, adults traveling with child-without-ticket / Sr. Citizen tickets, General & Season ticket holders found traveling in reserved Coaches etc.) and 5.03 lakh cases of un-booked luggage.
 An amount of Rs. 47.52 Cr. was realized from these ticketless travelers, irregular travelers and un-booked luggage cases towards penalty which is 16.7% higher when compared to the penalty realized during same period of the previous financial year, 2013.
 During the month of September, 2014 itself a total of 2.57 lakh cases were detected. These include 79 thousand cases of travel without tickets; 89 thousand cases of irregular travel  and 88 thousand cases of un-booked luggage. An amount of Rs. 8.7 Cr. was realized from these ticketless travelers, irregular travelers and un-booked luggage cases towards penaltywhich is 25% higher when compared to the penalty realized in September, 2013.
 The surprise checks carried out by the Flying Squads of the Divisions and Head Quarters and fortress checks conducted by senior officials at major stations helped reduce ticketless travel to ensure comfortable and safe journey to bonafide passengers. 

(K.Sambasiva Rao)
Chief Public Relations Officer

Bulletin No. 8 Trains Cancelled / Diverted on account of Cyclone ‘Hudhud’

Bulletin No. 8 Trains Cancelled / Diverted on account of Cyclone ‘Hudhud’

        In view of the prevailing cyclonic weather conditions and the forecast of heavy rains over the North Coastal Districts of Andhra Pradesh due to Cyclone ‘Hudhud’, the following changes have been made in the pattern of train services in this region as a precautionary measure in the interest of safety. The following trains are being cancelled/diverted as detailed below:-
I) Train Cancelled:
1)Train No.08506 Secunderabad-Visakhapatnam special scheduled to depart Secunderabad at 07.45 pm o­n 12.10.2014 is cancelled.

II)Trains Diverted:
1)Train No.12246 Yesvantapur-Howrah Duronto Express which departed Yesvantpur at 11.15 am o­n 12.10.2014 is diverted via Vijayawada, Warangal, Balharshah, Nagpur, Raipur, Jharsuguda, Kharagpur.

2)Train No.22852 Magalore-Santragachi Express which departed Mangalore o­n 11.10.2014 is diverted via Vijayawada, Warangal, Balharshah, Nagpur, Raipur, Jharsuguda, Kharagpur.

Inconvenience caused to passengers is regretted.

(K.Sambasiva Rao)
Chief Public Relations Officer

Bulletin No. 7 Trains Cancelled on account of Cyclone ‘Hudhud’


To carry out maintenance work of track, signalling & overhead equipments, five hours jumbo block will be taken between Santacruz and Mahalaxmi stations from 10.35 hrs to 15.35 hrs o­n Sunday i.e 12th October, 2014 o­n Up Local line i.e slow line.

16 Festival Specials between Lokmanya Tilak Terminus - Madgaon -Booking opens from 10.10.2014

Central Railway has decided to run 16 Festival Special trains between Lokmanya Tilak Terminus and Madgaon during 2014 Festival Season. The details are as under: 

Train No. 00111 Special will leave Lokmanya Tilak Terminus o­n every Saturday at 01.10 hrs from 11.10.2014 to 25.10.2014 (3 trips as per monsoon timings) and arrive Madgaon at 14.15 hrs same day and further will leave at 01.10 hrs from 1.11.2014 to 29.11.2014 (5 trips as per non-monsoon timings) and arrive Madgaon at 12.20 hrs same day

Train No. 00112 Special will leave Madgaon o­n every Friday at 12.30 from 10.10.2014 to 28.11.2014 (8 trips) and arrive Lokmanya Tilak Terminus at 00.20 hrs next day (there will be no change in arrival/departure timing at originating and destination station during monsoon and non-monsoon timings).

HALTS: Thane, Panvel, Roha, Khed, Chiplun, Ratnagiri, Kankavali, Kudal, Thivim and Karmali

Composition: Three AC-2 Tier, Four AC-3 Tier, Three Sleeper class, o­ne AC Pantry car and 2 Luggage cum Guards' brake van.

RESERVATION: Bookings open from 10.10.2014
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Date: October 9, 2014.

(Narendra A Patil)
Chief Public Relations Officer

Railways’ Revenue earnings up by 12.02 per cent during April 2014 - September 2014

The total approximate earnings of Indian Railways on originating basis during 1st April 2014 to 30th September 2014 were Rs. 73403.67 crore compared to Rs. 65525.85 crore during the same period last year, registering an increase of 12.02 per cent. 

The total approximate earnings from goods during 1st April 2014 – 30th September 2014 were Rs. 48771.58 crore compared to Rs. 44162.15 crore during the same period last year, registering an increase of 10.44 per cent. 

Railway Sports Persons Bagged 12 Medals at Asian Games-2014 Held in South Korea

In the recently concluded Asian Games held at Incheon, South Korea; Indian Railways with the contingent of 72 athletes and 9 coaches formed a sizeable component of the Indian Team. 26 Athletes from Indian Railways won medals in total of 12 events. Out of 57 Medals won by India, Railway bagged 12 Medals. 

The names of the Gold medal winners are –
Women 4x400 Relay                 - Ms. Priyanka Pawar, Tintu Luka
Hockey (Men)                            -Shri Chinglensana Singh Kangujam
Kabaddi (Men)                          -Shri Manjeet Chillar, Rakesh Kumar
Kabaddi (Women)                     -Ms. Kavita, Ms. Mamta, Ms. Tejeswini Bai
The names of the Silver Medal winners are-
Women 800 M               - Ms. Tintu Luka
Women Hammer Throw            - Ms. Manju Bala
Men's Freestyle 61 Kg   - Shri Bajrang
And the names of the Bronze Medal winners are-
Women 1500 M                   - Ms. O.P. Jaisha
Women 3000 M Steeplechase- Ms. Lalita Shivaji Babbar
Women Jevelin Throw        - Ms. Annu Rani
Men's 50M Breaststroke                  - Shri Sandeep Sejwal
Hockey (Women)        - Ms. Deep Grace Ekka, Ms. Deepika, Ms. Sunita Lakra, Ms. Namita   Toppo, Ms. Sushila Chanu, Ms. Amandeep Kaur, Ms. Chanchan Devi Thokchom, Ms. Rani, Ms. Poonam Rani, Ms. Vandana Katariya, Ms. Navjot Kaur

Existing Indian Railways Network, its Operations and its Core Activities Will Remain with the Indian Railways Only and not Open for Privatization: Gowda

Railways Allocated 40 Per Cent More Budget for Cleanliness 

Indian Railways Taking Determined Stride Towards Running High Speed Bullet Trains

Railway Minister Inaugurates the 59th Annual Railway National Awards Function-2014 at Bangalore


The Minister of Railways, Shri D.V.Sadananda Gowda inaugurated the 59th Annual Railway National Awards Function - 2014 in Bangalore today. Also present among others on the occasion were Shri ArunendraKumar, Chairman, Railway Board, Shri V.K.Gupta, Member Engineering, Shri Alok Johri, Member Mechanical, Shri A.K.Mital, Member Staff, Shri P.C.Gajbhiye, Secretary, Railway Board and ShriP.K.Saxena, General Manger, South Western Railway. Shri Gowda gave away National Awards for Outstanding Service – 2014 to a total number of 132 railway officers/staff from all over the country. The prestigious Govind Vallabh Pant Shield for the best overall performance amongst the best zonal railways and production units was bagged by West Central Railway (headquartered at Jabalpur).
 Following is the text of the speech of the railway Minister:-  





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