Thrissur Railway Passengers' Association, TRPA is the confluence of all the stake holders who are interested in the development of Railway facilities in and around Thrissur. Naturally, all the people who avail Railway facilities from Thrissur and other neighbouring stations are automatically the members of this association. Due to the historic reasons, commuters from Thrissur towards Ernakulam, Kozhikode and Palakkad sides form the active group. TRPA always stands for meeting the public demands and this process is well supported by Railway Men, Political Leaders and the Media in Thrissur. The tireless efforts by TRPA in achieving the long standing basic requirements of Thrissur are well recognised and appreciated by one and all. TRPA is committed to continue its service to the society at large, cutting across all divisions. "Our prime focus is on the sustainable improvement of rail service in the country to world class levels with special emphasis on Thrissur"

Sunday 2 November 2014

Commuters seek extra coaches

Daily commuters to Kochi have demanded an extra compartment in outstation trains as services of two passenger trains have been curtailed due to maintenance work. Passenger trains between Ernakulam and Shoranur were cancelled every Wednesday and Saturday since Diwali. “This will continue for another week or two depending on the progress of maintenance work,” said P Krishnakumar, general secretary, Thrissur Railway Passengers Association.
“Around 3,000 commuters depend on passenger trains for their daily journey. We had requested that Island Express (to Bangalore), which arrives after the Ernakulam-Shoranur passenger, can stop at stations to help these stranded passengers, but nothing happened. The train stops at Edappally and there is a rush. It is a just a partial solution,” he said.
Deepa K, a commuter from Shoranur, said: “It is quite harrowing as trains are extremely crowded.” Some passengers demanded that an extra coach be added to the Island Express and the Alappuzha-Chennai trains to handle this unprecedented rush.
Senior division operations manager Ashok Kumar said: “We cannot exceed the limit of permitted compartments for express trains. So we cannot add extra coaches. We have made a provision for the train to stop at Edappally. Stopping at each station is not possible as this will result in delays.
Passengers will have to choose other modes of transport because another week is required to complete the maintenance and girder work.”
(Times of India dt 2-11-2014)

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