The up-country double railway line upto
Polgahawela has been extended to Rambukkana resulting in an
increased inflow of passengers at the Rambukkana railway
Transport Minister A. H. M. Fowzie visited the
railway station with Sabaragamuwa Chief Minister Maheepala
Herath recently and instructed the General Manager of Railways
K. A. Premasiri, to take steps to develop the station and
provide the necessary facilities to commuters.
Rambukkana Railway Station is considered one of
the important stations in the upcountry line. Although it has
the longest platform in Sri Lanka, it needs to be developed to
meet the present requirements of passengers.
The Colombo Kandy railway service commenced in
1867. Except for the few structures erected during that period
no significant improvements were made. Earlier the double lines
were only upto Polgahawela, but in 1998 Minister Fowzie extended
it upto Rambukkana, which made way for an increase in
passengers." Herath said.
Foreign tourists often visit the station and the
facilities are inadequate. The Ladies rest room is also short of
Although many express trains commenced service
after the dual lines were laid between these two stations,
delays are unavoidable due to lack of Loop Line platforms and
When there is a power failure the Railway
Station is wrapped in complete darkness and to overcome this the
chief minister requested that a generator be installed.
Fowzie and Herath paraded the platform, meeting
commuters and listened to their difficulties and opinions.
Thereafter the minister went to yet another old station at
Kadigamuwa, by train. Since the station was lacking in necessary
facilities he instructed the General Manger to attend to all
Noticing several items lying in the premises
exposed to sun and rain, the Minister instructed the authorities
to make use of them to the maximum and asked them to extend the
issue of weekly season tickets operated at Polgahawala to
Rambukkana Railway Station .