Mumbai's lifeline commute, the locals are set to race at a new speed with the removal of the permanent speed restrictions (PCR). Reportedly, the Western Railway has successfully removed various operation constraints on Mumbai suburban section to enhance the mobility and safety of the services. The railways claim that this move has improved the punctuality of trains from 95% in 2019-20 to 99.3% in 2021-22.
Local trains on Western Line to run 3.5 minutes faster
The Railways has removed the PSR of 20 kmph at Marine Lines station on the western line. This would save around 2 minutes per train or approximately 560 minutes in a day. The frequency of trains along the Bandra-Khar section will boost by 1.25 minutes with the removal of PSR of 60 kmph here. This will significantly save 307 running minutes of local services, read reports.
The speed at Crossover 145/146 at Dadar has also been doubled, from 15 kmph to 30 kmph for enhanced functionality. This will help to hasten the arrival and departure of trains on platform no. 6 at the station.
In another modification, the three-line crossover at Santacruz has been limited to a two-line system to enable a speed jump from 15 kmph to 30 kmph, for similar advantages. A senior official of the Western Railways has said that the relaxation of Permanent Speed Restriction from 35 kmph to 50 kmph on the harbour line has resulted in increasing punctuality of trains by saving 2 minutes per train.
Meanwhile, the shunting time at Mumbai Central has been reduced by 30 minutes. This move has come in correspondence with the extension of shunting neck for 25 coach new trains, the Chief PRO of Western Railway elaborated. This modification will help improve the functionality of local commute in the city, lining faster suburban train services at the public's disposal.