This morning, Sri Lanka Railways announced that five scheduled office trains on all railway lines were cancelled due to a 24-hour token strike staged by station masters. President of the Station Masters’ Association, Mr. Sumedha Somaratne, stated that the strike would continue until midnight today (10).
The Railway Department confirmed that train services have been disrupted due to the station masters’ strike. As a result, the ‘Tikiri Menike’ express train that was supposed to run from Nanuoya to Kandy and Colombo Fort will not operate today. Similarly, the office train scheduled to run from Ganewatta to Colombo Fort and Panadura at 3.55 am has also been cancelled.
The Railway Department also announced that other trains will run with delays. For instance, the train that arrives from Aluthgama to Colombo Fort and runs to Chilaw at 3.40 am will only operate up to Negombo today. The train scheduled to run from Colombo Fort to Noor Nagar at 4.00 am will only travel up to Chilaw station. Similarly, the slow train that was supposed to run from Noor Nagar to Fort will start its journey from Chilaw station today.
In addition, the express train scheduled to run from Colombo Fort to Negombo at 7.00 am will not run today. As a result, the train running from Negombo to Colombo Fort at 9.00 am has also been cancelled. The express train that was scheduled to run from Puttalam to Mt. Lavinia at 4.30 am will also not run today.