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More trains, buses for New Year

The Transport and Civil aviation Ministry has made arrangements to implement 65 additional train services while deploying an additional 1,500 Sri Lanka Transport Board buses and 600 inter-provincial long distance private buses for the convenience of commuters travelling to their home towns from Colombo for the New Year Festival.

Transport and Civil aviation Minister Arjuna Ranathunga said this special transport plan will be operative from today to April 22.

Additional train services will be operated along the Colombo Fort-Badulla, Colombo Fort-Kalutara, Colombo Fort-Galle, Colombo Fort-Matara, Colombo Fort-Jaffna, Colombo Fort-Kurunegala. Meanwhile, the Colombo-Vavuniya train will operate up to Jaffna during this period.

He also said that in addition to the daily deployment of 1,350 buses, a total of 1,500 buses will be deployed under the special plan during the festive season. In order to ease the congestion in the Colombo main SLTB bus stand, several long-distance SLTB buses will be leaving from Makumbura and Maharagama to facilitate commuters leaving for their hometowns.

The Minister further said 600 additonal inter-provincial private bus service will commence from the Bastian Mawatha Private bus stand for the convenience of commuters travelling to their hometowns.

The bus crew has also been warned against charging additional fares during this period. We have advised them to issue a bus ticket before leaving the bus. Commuters can make complains about higher bus fares to the hotline of 1955 while the NTC flying squad will conduct random checks during this period.

The Minister further said stern action will be taken against any operator who charges fares in excess of the approved fare.


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