MUMBAI: Two new ‘ladies special’ trains will be launched along with four more special services on Western Railway from Monday. These six new services will accommodate over 2,000 more office-goers from this week. The total number of daily special suburban services on WR will increase to 506.
The six new services will be along the Virar-Churchgate corridor, said WR chief spokesperson Sumit Thakur. Three services will be from Virar on the slow line and three be towards Virar on slow corridor. The two ladies special trains will be run during peak hours between Virar and Churchgatein both directions. The timings are: from Virar at 7.35am to reach Churchgate at 9.22 am, while in return direction the train will be from Churchgate at 6.10pm to reach Virar at 7.55 pm.
“Considering the scenario of pandemic, special suburban trains and stations over WR are regularly sanitised and cleaned for proper hygiene. All commuters as permitted by state government are allowed to travel and they are requested to follow social distancing norms and wear masks,” said Thakur.
A few days back, during the heavy downpour, a video of suburban train being packed with passengers without any social distancing at Borivli went viral on social media. The rush was due to train cancellations.
A few days back, Central Railway added 68 trips which can accommodate nearly 50,000.

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