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The Colombo suburban railway electrification project when complete is expected to enable trains to travel at 100 kilometres per hour speeds following the modernizing and upgrading of the tracks and will be fenced to avoid accidents, Nation learns. Sri Lanka’s present average speed on the Main Line is around 33 kilometres per hour (kph) while the speed on the coastal line is around 28 kph.

The first phase of project which initially focuses on 64 kilometres along Veyangoda – Panadura section is estimated to cost US$ 300 million to implement. Energy consultant Dr. Tilak Siyambalapitiya speaking at a seminar last week said the project, which seeks to improve capacity and operating speed of the railway network in the Colombo  Metropolitan Region, will support the modernization of the railway network in the island’s Western Province.