Mumbai locals, Express train services to be hit as CR plans to dismantle Hancock bridge

The Central Railway will impose an 18-hour mega block on its main line on Sunday owing to the work for dismantling the century-old Hancock bridge, which will impact operations of some suburban and Express services.

Hancock bridge in Mumbai
Hancock bridge in Mumbai. Pic/Atul Kamble

Due to the mega block, some trains moving to and fro from CST will be cancelled, diverted and short-terminated from today till January 10, a CR statement said.

All CST-bound suburban services would be terminated at Byculla station and then depart from there, the statement said, adding that total 150 suburban and 42 mail and express trains will remain cancelled today, tomorrow and on Sunday.

The mega-block will start at 12.20 AM on Sunday and continue till 6.20 PM that day which is likely to cause problems to daily commuters and long distance passengers. After dismantling the 137-year-old Hancock bridge, near Sandhurst road station, a new bridge would be built at same place by the CR.

Dismantling and then re-constructing the bridge will allow trains to run between Dadar and CST without speed restrictions, an official said.

The suburban services will remain suspended between CST and Byculla from 12.20 AM to 6.30 PM on Sunday. The last local leaving from CST will be for Kasara at 12.10 AM on January 10 and last local for Karjat will leave CST at 12.30 AM. There will no block on the harbour line.

According to the statement, the trains that will remain cancelled on Friday are:
Train No.16340 Nagercoil-CST Mumbai Express
Train No.11028 Chennai-CST Mumbai Mail
Train No.11020 Bhubaneshwar-CST Mumbai Konark Express.

The trains which will be cancelled on Saturday are:
Train No. 51028 Pandharpur-CST Mumbai Passenger
Train No. 51034 Sainagar Shirdi-CST Mumbai Passenger
Train No. 11306 Solapur-CST Mumbai Express
Train No. 11402 Nagpur-CST Mumbai Nandigram Express
Train No. 12112 Amaravati-CST Mumbai Express
Train No. 22108 Latur-CST Mumbai Express
Train No. 11024 Shri Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj(T)Mumbai Sahyadri Exp
Train No. 02597 Gorakhpur-CST Mumbai Special

The trains to remain cancelled on January 10 are:
Train No.11010 Pune-CST Mumbai Sinhagad Express
Train No.22102 Manmad-CST Mumbai Rajya Rani Express
Train No.12124 Pune-CST Mumbai Deccan Queen Express
Train No.12110 Manmad-CST Mumbai Panchavati Express
Train No.12126 Pune-CST Mumbai Pragati Express
Train No.51154 Bhusaval-CST Mumbai Passenger
Train No.11008 Pune-CST Mumbai Deccan Express
Train No.11030 Shri Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj(T)-CST Mumbai Koyna Express
Train No.12128 Pune-CST Mumbai Intercity Express
Train No.22106 Pune-CST Mumbai Indrayani Express

Long-distance north bound trains affected

The Indian Railways has decided to cancel few long distance trains across India going to the north due to fog. According to railway officials, there are at least 30 trains departing from various railway stations across India, including Mumbai that would be cancelled during the period between January 8 to February 29.

"There has been reduction in frequency of Mail Express Trains due to fog. These trains traverse through fog-affected areas and due to insufficient visibility these trains would be temporarily cancelled, " said a senior railway official.

The details of train services cancelled during the period between 8.1.2016 and 29.2.2016 is as under -

1. Train No. 11015 Kushinagar Express leaving Lokmanya Tilak Terminus on every Wednesday and Saturday

2. Train No. 11016 Kushinagar Express leaving Gorakhpur on every Monday and Friday

3. Train No. 11055 Godan Express leaving Lokmanya Tilak Terminus on every Monday

4. Train No 11056 Godan Express leaving Gorakhpur on every Wednesday

5. Train No. 11057 Amritsar Express leaving Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus on every Wednesday and Friday

6. Train No. 11058 leaving Amritsar on every Monday and Saturday

7. Train No. 11061 Muzaffarpur Express leaving Lokmanya Tilak Terminus o­n every Monday

8. Train No. 11062 leaving Muzaffarpur on every Wednesday

9. Train No. 11065 Darbhanga Express leaving Lokmanya Tilak Terminus on every Tuesday

10. Train No. 11066 leaving Darbhanga on every Thursday

11. Train No. 11071 Kamayani Express leaving Lokmanya Tilak Terminus on every Tuesday and Friday.

12. Train No. 11072 Kamayani Express leaving Varanasi on every Thursday and Sunday.

13. Train No. 11093 Mahanagari Express leaving Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus on every Tuesday and Thursday.

14. Train No. 11094 Mahanagari Express leaving Varanasi on every Wednesday and Friday.

15. Train No. 12101 Jnanesvari Express leaving Lokmanya Tilak Terminus on every Saturday.

16. Train No. 12102 Jnanesvari Express leaving Howrah on every Monday.

17. Train No. 12141 Rajendranagar Express leaving Lokmanya Tilak Terminus on every Tuesday and Saturday.

18. Train No. 12142 leaving Rajendranagar on every Monday and Thursday.

19. Train No. 12167 Varanasi Superfast Express leaving Lokmanya Tilak Terminus on every Monday and Thursday.

20. Train No. 12168 leaving Varanasi on every Tuesday and Friday.

21. Train No. 12321 Kolkata Mail (Via - Allahabad) leaving Howrah on every Tuesday and Saturday

22. Train NO. 12322 Kolkata Mail (Via - Allahabad) leaving Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus on every Monday and Thursday.

23. Train No. 12533 Pushpak Express leaving Lucknow on every Monday and Thursday.

24. Train No. 12534 Pushpak Express leaving Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus on every Wednesday and Saturday.

25. Train No. 12541 leaving Gorakhpur on every Tuesday and Friday.

26. Train No. 12542 Gorakhpur Express leaving Lokmanya Tilak Terminus on every Thursday and Sunday.

27. Train No. 13201 leaving Rajendranagar on every Wednesday and Saturday.

28. Train No. 13202 Rajendranagar Express leaving Lokmanya Tilak Terminus on every Monday and Friday.

29. Train No. 15017 Gorakhpur Express leaving Lokmanya Tilak Terminus on every Thursday and Sunday.

30. Train No. 15018 leaving Gorakhpur on every Tuesday and Friday.

-Inputs by Shashank Rao

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