Oct 14, Colombo: Sri Lanka Railways (SLR) is to make a final decision this week on whether to increase the railway fares.
Authorities are currently looking at increasing the fares of several railway lines.
SLR officials have been quoted in the local media saying that the authorities are looking at increasing railway fares for journey over 200 kilometers and fares of first, second and third classes would be increased by Rs.80 in order to avoid anomalies in long distance railway fares.
Officials have said that fares of railway journeys beyond Nanu Oya in the upcountry line and beyond Gal Oya in the Northern line would be increased if the authorities decide so.
The General Manager of the Railways B. A. P. Ariyaratne has has said that there is a great difference between the bus fares and the train fares to long distance destinations. However, this increase will not cover the comprehensive train service.
Railway fares of coastal railway lines will not be increased.