July 06, Colombo: Sri Lanka Railways, the authority on train services, said programs are underway to streamline the country's rail services as a second train derailed today on the Northern Rail Line.
Sri Lanka Railways General Manager B.A.P Ariyaratne has said that both short term and long term programs are now underway to streamline railway services.
Sri Lanka Railways said a breakdown of the rail track was the cause for the derailment of a passenger train on the southern coastal line yesterday, Sri Lanka Railways said.
The General Manager said that the derailment of an express train plying from Matara to Colombo Fort Saturday near the Bambalapitiya train station had damaged about 150 sleepers of the track.
Three rail cars of the train derailed from the train, damaging a section of the railway track near the Bambalapitiya station and the station platform. The derailement also injured eight people.
He said the repairs to the track will be completed by Monday morning and the train services will be restored.
Trains on the southern coastal line are now being operated along a single track.
Meanwhile another train has derailed today near Parasangahawewa station between Anuradhapura and Vavuniya on the Northern railway track.
The Railway Control Room said derailment has caused disruption in train services between Anuradhapura and Vavuniya.
A Railway Control Room official said the repairs will be made to fix the track and restore the service on the Northern Line immediately.