Thane, India: Close crossings to road traffic for three hours at peak times

8 Jan

India’s central zonal railway has proposed closing level crossings to road traffic at peak times in order to improve the reliability of commuter services between Thane and Kaiyan, Maharashtra. The argument put forward is that every time a level crossing is opened to road traffic it causes trains to come to a stand for ten minutes. The Central Railway is pushing for three level crossings –¬†Kalwa, Diva and Thakurli – to remain closed to road traffic for three hours in both morning an evening peak times.

The heavy road traffic using each of the targeted crossings means that once a crossing is opened to road traffic it is very difficult to close it against road traffic to allow the scheduled train service to operate as planned. With this objective in mind, talks between the railway and police are ongoing. However, the longer-term objective is for grade-separation at all three of the level crossings.

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