Mumbai Local Trains: 6 More 12-Car Services Will Be Converted Into 15-Car Services To Prevent Overcrowding

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by Vaishalee Kalvankar

Local trains are the lifeline of the city of dreams, Mumbai. Every Mumbaikar has a love-hate relationship with this mode of transport in the city. The trains are always overcrowded, especially during peak hours, making it super difficult to get into. This leads to many unfortunate accidents in which many people lose their lives. Looking at this, six more 12-car services will now be converted into 15-car services. 

Mumbai Local Trains Increase Coaches

On Friday, Western Railways announced the addition of extra coaches in order to prevent overcrowding. It mentioned that, starting March 27, six 12-car services will be converted into 15-car services. This will help increase each train’s passenger capacity by 25 percent. 

This move will also prevent overcrowding and reduce the number of people falling from local trains during rush hours. Sumit Thakur, WR’s chief spokesperson, said that this is an initiative to provide better train services to passengers and accommodate more commuters easily. 

This conversion of trains into 15-car services will be done on both sides, three each. While four of them will be slow trains, the remaining two will be fast trains. 

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Extra Coaches Will Be Added To The Following Trains

The up-direction local trains, or simply put, trains running towards Churchgate:

Trains will depart from Virar to Andheri at 9.05 a.m. on the fast track, from Nallasopara to Andheri at 5.53 p.m. on the slow track, and from Virar to Borivali at 7.55 p.m. on the slow track.

The down-direction local trains, or simply put, trains running towards Virar,

In the downward direction, the trains will be Andheri to Nalasopara at 10.13 am on the fast line, Andheri to Virar local at 6.50 pm on the slow line, and Borivali to Virar at 8.40 pm on the slow line.

Currently, the number of 15-car services on the Western Line is 140, and after the launch of six more, the number will increase to 150. This will not lead to any change in the total number of services in this section. The current services listed in this section are 1383. This includes 79 local AC services. 

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