Staff Reporter

CHENNAI: Suburban EMU service AM 24, hitherto reaching Chennai Central, has been diverted to Chennai Beach to run as AB6 with effect from Friday. This service will start as 181 Fast to Tiruttani from Chennai Beach at 6.20 p.m.

The Beach-Tiruvallur special will depart at 5.40 p.m. Melmaruvathur - Arakkonam Service will be operated as Fast service between Chennai Beach and Arakkonam. It will leave Chennai Beach station at 6 p.m.

The Chennai Central-Tiruvallur service at 6.15 p.m. has been extended to run up to Arakkonam.

The changes came in the backdrop of commuters’ protest demanding restoration of the old time table of suburban EMU (prior to July 1).

State CPI secretary D.Pandian on Friday asked the Southern Railway to take steps to redress the grievances of the commuters. Meanwhile, Southern Railway began operating eight 12 car rakes from Friday in the Chennai Beach – Tambaram suburban section, which will increase the peak hour services of 12-car rakes to 15 instead of six.

The 12-car rakes will run in lieu of 9 car services.

In all 92 services will be operated with 12 car rakes during week days as against 28 services and 46 services on Sundays against no services.

A Southern Railway press release said an increase of 33 per cent in capacity is envisaged by the introduction of 12 car rakes instead of 9 car rakes and there will not be any increase in frequencies.