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New public transport strategy in force

Office trains, long distance buses to ply

A new COVID-19 transport strategy will be carried out to ensure the safety of passengers as well as protecting the public transport industry hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Vehicle Regulation, Bus Transport Services, Train Compartment and Motor Car Industry State Minister Dilum Amunugama said this will be enforced in the Western Province with the lifting of the quarantine curfew from today.

Amunugama told journalists in Kandy recently that this strategy comprising three proposals have been submitted to Health and Security officials for approval.

“We have to consider some bus fare revision if the buses are carrying passengers only upto the seats available and accommodating just one passenger per seat as recommended by Health authorities.

The Minister said as a result of rise in COVID-19, both private and SLTB buses incur losses as their normal services are not operational.

“Therefore, we have to consider some bus fare revision for their survival as well,” he added.

Meanwhile, office trains and SLTB long distance buses will be operated from today adhering to COVID-19 preventive guidelines. However, both buses and trains will not be stopped in already isolated areas.

Office trains will not stop at Dematagoda, Kelaniya,Wanawasala, Enderamulla, Horape, Ragama, Walpola and Batuwatta sub-stations along the mainline and in Peralanda, Ja-Ela, Thudella, Kudahakapola, Kurana, Negombo and Kattuwa on the Puttalam line, and in Panadura and Pinwatte in the Coastal line and in the Baseline,Cotta Road sub-stations in the Kelani Valley line, and the Kurunegala station and the Muththettugala sub-station in the Northern line.