Passengers of Western Railway were left stranded for hours owing to a signal failure at Andheri station at around 11 am on Saturday. The signal failure disrupted train services towards Churchgate which led to further cancellation and delays of other train services.
This is the second signal failure in a week that Western Railway experienced. A signal failure at Goregaon station two days back affected train services in the evening peak hour, compelling many commuters to walk on tracks to reach their stations.
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“Due to signal failure at the northern side of Andheri station, suburban traffic was affected on both slow and fast corridors on Saturday. Due to quick efforts, traffic was restored at 11.30 hrs on fast corridor, while slow corridors services were also resumed by 11.55 hrs,” Western Railway official said.
However, passengers fumed over the inconvenience caused to them. Rikin Gogri, a commuter said, “Departure delays and delays due to crossing have to be rectified, authorities should make sure that punctuality isn’t compromised since it’s the same time table that has to be followed everyday. For example why doesn’t 8.16 am local depart at scheduled time instead of 6-8 minute delay everyday?”
Another commuter Sudhyumna Nargolkar, who frequently uses Western Railway for commuting from Dadar was forced to take a taxi. “I reached Dadar station at around 11.30 am on Saturday. I was put off by the mad rush inside the trains and the delayed service, so I took a taxi till Bandra. However, had it been for farther distances, relying on a taxi becomes expensive during such odd times,” he said.
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Approximately 40 suburban services were cancelled and about 100 services were delayed on the Western Railway on Saturday due to technical issues.
Also, a major engineering block, being carried out for cleaning the drainage on the up slow line between Dadar-Elphinstone Road- Lower Parel stations from 01.05 hrs to 04.25 hrs is expected to delay the services till Monday.