Pakistan Railway Halts Special Lahore-Rawalpindi Trains

Pakistan Railways (PR) decided to put an end to the special trains between Rawalpindi and Lahore due to the lack of passengers.


A public relations official told the media that the Minister of Railways Saad Rafique, having learned of the shortage of passengers, ordered to stop these trains. He learned that PR currently operates three separate trains on this route, namely Islamabad Express, Rawal Express, and Green Line.

The official added that the schedules of the three trains mentioned above were better suited to the passengers and that the two special trains suffered losses because of the lack of passengers.

While the fate of the special trains is uncertain, the RP representative said they are likely to be permanently abandoned.

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Minister of Railways Saad Rafique recently revealed that Pakistan Railways suffered a loss of 525 billion rupees as a result of this year’s devastating monsoon season and flood damage.

He made that statement at a press conference at the railway headquarters in Lahore on Tuesday, appreciating the hard work of the staff to re-establish operations.

In a meeting prior to the press conference, the minister called for proposals to increase PR revenues. He commended railway officials for restoring the operation of the Karachi passenger trains and the full occupation of the Rehman Baba Express and Khyber Mail after the restoration.

He also discussed options to restore tracks destroyed in the aftermath of the floods.

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