The Railway Department General Manager (GMR) W.A.D.S. Gunasinghe confirmed that 21 train services had operated by 8 a.m. this morning for the convenience of commuters despite the union action.
He told the Daily Mirror that several trains on the Main Line, coastal line, Kelani Vally line, and Puttalam line operated this morning as a result of the committed service of Railway employees.
“One train started from Beliatta, Galle, and Aluthgama. Two trains from Chillaw, one train from Maho, one train from Kandy, one train from Rambukkana and one train from Avissawella started this morning. Meanwhile, several trains operated between Panadura and Gampaha,” the GMR said.
Accordingly, 21 trains had operated so far despite the trade union action. The office trains were given priority, Gunasinghe said.
The trains were not operated this morning as usual due to the members of the locomotive operators union not reporting to work. However, we ran the trains with the help of the senior drivers.
He also said that several trains during the day might get cancelled due to the shortage of locomotive operators, and the scheduled trains to be operated during the day will be announced. (Chaturanga Pradeep Samarawickrama)
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