In a move to encourage usage of the Chennai Metro, the CMRL has announced an extension of services from the four terminal stations in the city. Trains will commence service at 4.30 am while the last train will depart at 11 pm, beginning on Saturday. However, the trains will arrive at a frequency of one train per 30 minutes between 4.30 am and 6 am and 10 pm to 11 pm.
“The first train from the Airport Metro, Washermanpet Metro, St Thomas Mount Metro and Central Metro terminals will be at 4.30 hours to and last train from above terminals shall be at 23.00 hrs. The frequency of train services shall be every half hour from 4.30 hours to 6.00 hours in the morning and from 22.00 hours to 23.00 hours at night,” read a statement from CMRL.
While the headway during peak hours from 8 am to 11 am and 5 pm to 8 pm will be five minutes, other times that are considered non-peak hours will be operating at a frequency of seven minutes.
However, the CMRL said that the new timings will be applicable only between Monday and Saturday. "Existing time table will be followed for Sunday with train services commencing at 7.58 hours to 22.01 hours,” it said.
According to one report in The Hindu, CMRL officials conducted a meeting on Friday to work out ways to deal with extending service time. The discussion included the 'additional manpower' that would be required at the stations for security purposes. Citing a study carried out by the CMRL, the newspaper also reports that the metro authorities predicted that the extended service would aid passengers using the service from Chennai Egmore, Chennai Central and Chennai Airport.