Airport Express to run again at reduced speed

The much-awaited Airport Express Line will resume operations on Tuesday after being shut for six months. But the trains on this premium corridor will run at 50 kmph, while they clocked at least 105 kmph before the line was shut down for repairs of its civil structure.

The reduction of speed is a big drawback for both Delhi Metro Rail Corporation and Reliance Infrastructure, which have been claiming that trains can reach a maximum of 120 kmph on this line.

According to Metro officers, the speed can be increased after the ‘clipping issue’ is solved.

Commercial operations will start on Tuesday at 5.30 am on this Reliance Infrastructure-run 23-km-long corridor, which connects Connaught Place with Terminal-3 of Indira Gandhi International Airport.

The Airport Express Line will run daily from 5.30 am to 11.30 pm at a frequency of 15 minutes. Check-in and baggage facilities for both international and domestic passengers will not be available for a while.

“Reliance Metro’s Airport Express Line is connected directly to Terminal-3, passengers arriving at or boarding flights from Terminal-1 can also avail this service from Aerocity Station,” said Reliance Infrastructure Ltd in a statement.

“Reliance Metro has made arrangements to provide seamless connectivity for Terminal-1 passengers to Aerocity Station through shared cab and shuttle bus services,” said the statement. India’s first airport Metro started operations on February 23, 2011. But due to defects in civil structures, the service had to be suspended in July 2012.

The defects were rectified by DMRC, and the line was offered for reinspection to the commissioner of metro rail safety in December 2012. “The line was inspected by the CMRS on January 15 and 16, and a formal clearance for operations was received on January 18,” said a Reliance Infrastructure officer.

The corridor has also introduced products like return journey and holiday discount tokens. On January 22, the reopening day, passengers can travel at a discounted fare of Rs 30 per trip, said the statement.

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