New initiative of Indian Railways, Constructs long loop line to reduce traffic

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New Delhi : South Central Zone of Indian Railways has commissioned the first long loop line at Bikkavolu station in Vijayawada station in Andhra Pradesh. This line is on the busy Vijayawada-Visakhapatnam route. India has initiated this scheme to reduce traffic.

What are loop lines?
In railways, loop lines are constructed so that more and more trains can be parked at the station. Apart from this, the operation of the train is simplified with the help of loop lines. Typically these loop lines have a length of 750 meters, which can accommodate a full length train with an engine.

In view of the increasing demand and higher average speed, Indian Railways is preparing to build a loop line of about 1,500 meters.

Benefits of making long loop lines
– The loop line would be suited for long distance trains such as Jai Kisan, where two freight trains are connected.
– Passenger train timings will be improved by removing freight trains from the main regular line.
– It is effective for running trains at high speed without much stoppage of goods trains.
– Improvement in operation of all trains.
– Arrangements will be made to park a maximum number of trains.

The Ministry of Railways has already approved construction of a long loop line at six stations. At the same time, construction work started at Bikkavolu station and before the deadline, a loop line was ready there. The construction of a loop line at Bikkavolu station was done without interrupting the operation of passenger trains.

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