Staff Reporter

CHENNAI: Commuters travelling by EMU trains were left fuming due to disruption of train services between Tambaram sanatorium and Tambaram station for over 90 mintues on Thursday morning.

The problem occurred during peak hours (at 9.50 a.m.) when an EMU train going towards Tambaram was stopped near the EMU car shed due to a signal failure for more than half an hour. Subsequently a number of trains bound for Tambaram queued up between Chromepet and Tambaram Stations delaying rail traffic. The fault also caused disruption of services on the Tambaram-Beach section. Many commuters pressed for time got off the stranded train and walked to the next station. A passenger from St. Thomas Mount said that he had to stroll along the track to reach Tambaram station where he was informed that there was a signal fault on Chennai Beach-Tambaram line. According to railway sources services were restored at around 11.15 a.m. after railway technicians took 45 minutes to rectify the fault.

Commuters says that although officially a train should take eight minutes to travel between the two stations, the normal running time is 15 minutes. The lack of adequate platforms at Tambaram station and the subsequent crowding is said to be the cause of the problem.