The country’s first high speed rail track was commissioned today. It runs from Galle to Matara.
The commissioning took place under the patronage of Minister Kumara Welgama, The renovated Southern express railway line has been constructed at a cost of 36 million US Dollars. The trains are able to run at a speed of 100 kilometers per hour on the modernized Galle-Matara railway track despite the current speed of 40 kilometers per hour in the old track. Railways Planning Director Vijaya Samarasinghe said the the newly laid express railway line is 43 km in length. It is the first stage of the Project. The railway Department warned the public to be more cautious at railway crossings. He said the project would be completed in four stages; Matara to Galle, Galle to Hikkaduwa, Hikkaduwa to Kalutara South and Kalutara South to Maradana.
The project covers upgrading the tracks, bridges, signals and new passenger trains. When completed, the revamped coastal railway-line system will substantially improve the rail services on the Colombo-Galle-Matara section and result in higher average speed and an increased number in train services.