CHENNAI: On Tuesday, more than 50 suburban train services faced cancellation along the Chennai Beach – Tambaram – Chengalpattu section due to ongoing engineering works within the Chennai Egmore and Villupuram section at St Thomas Mount Yard.
Southern Railway authorities confirmed that a total of 53 suburban trains had to be canceled between 10:45 a.m. and 3:45 p.m. on Tuesday to facilitate maintenance work, including a line block and power block. The disruption significantly impacted train operations between Kancheepuram and Chennai Beach, as well as Tirumalpur and Chennai Beach.
To alleviate the inconvenience caused by the cancellations, Southern Railway is introducing 16 special trains operating between Tambaram and Chengalpattu railway stations.
In response to the service disruptions, Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) has stepped up to provide additional services on both the green and blue metro lines. According to the statement released by CMRL, the Wimco Nagar Depot metro station to Airport metro line, which runs from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., will operate with a six-minute interval. Additionally, the services from Aringar Anna Alandur metro to Washermenpet metro, running from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the blue line, will run with a three-minute interval.
Commuters on the Green line will also experience adjusted schedules. The services between Arignar Anna Alandur metro to Puratchi Thalaivar Dr MG Ramachandran Central metro, Puratchi Thalaivar Dr MG Ramachandran Central metro to St Thomas Mount, and Airport metro to Puratchi Thalaivar Dr MG Ramachandran Central will operate from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. with a headway of 6 to 12 minutes.