After more than 24 years, direct train services between Colombo and Talaimannar resumes from today (April 2). The train will run on the newly completed railway track between Medawachchiya and Talaimannar.
Accordingly, four train services are scheduled to operate between Colombo Fort and the Talaimannar Pier daily. Two trains will leave the Fort railway station at 7.40 pm and 8.50 am daily, while two trains would operate daily from the Talaimannar Pier railway station at 10 pm and 10.15 am respectively.
Talaimannar Pier is Rs.740 per person for one way journey on first class while the second class fees will be Rs.420 and Rs.230 respectively.
Construction work of the Medawachchiya-Talaimannar Pier was carried out by IRCON International Limited, a government entity of the Indian Railways Ministry under the US $800 million Line of Credit, which has been extended by the Indian government on concessional terms.
The reconstructed railway line was commissioned by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on March 14. The completion of the railway line up to Talaimannar renews rail connectivity between Mannar and the rest of the country.