The Railways have sanctioned a direct passenger train between Nilambur and Ernakulam. The new train will replace the two existing passenger trains that run between Nilambur and Shoranur, and Shoranur and Ernakulam.

Railway officials said here on Sunday that the new passenger train, facilitating direct travel from Nilambur to Ernakulam and back, would be an Onam gift for the Nilambur rail users.

M.I. Shanavas, MP, had taken up the matter with the Railways following persistent demand for it by the Nilambur Mysore Railway Action Council.

The train will leave Ernakulam at 7.35 a.m. and reach Nilambur at 1.05 p.m. It will depart from Nilambur at 2.55 p.m. and arrive at Ernakulam at 7.50 p.m.

At present, the rake of the Nilambur-Shoranur passenger will be used for the Shoranur-Ernakulam passenger. Therefore, passengers heading for Ernakulam need not have to change the train at Shoranur.

‘‘The new direct train will be a solace, especially for passengers from Ernakulam to Nilambur,’’ said C. Mohammed Ali and Biju Ninan, president and secretary respectively of the Nilambur Mysore Railway Action Council.

The Nilambur sector has seven pair of trains, including an Express train. When four passenger trains run from Nilambur to Shoranur, one goes up to Palakkad and another up to Ernakulam.