The Railways has decided to extend the Bengaluru-Kannur Express till Kozhikode, said Member of Parliament, M K Raghavan. The extension of the service (train no: 16511/12) to Kozhikode, is expected to be a welcome relief for passengers from north Kerala.
According to the Kozhikode MP, the order has been issued and the Railway authorities have said the extended service will begin soon.
The daily service that starts at KSR Bengaluru Railway Station at 9.35 pm is scheduled to arrive at Kannur Railway Station at 10.55 am. Once extended, the service will resume its journey at 11 am and reach Kozhikode at 12.40 pm.
The return service from Kozhikode would begin at 3.30 pm, arrive at Kannur at 5 pm and terminate at Bengaluru at 6.35 am the next day.
“This is the result of my two-and-a-half years of follow-ups citing the shortage of the train services and difficulties faced by passengers to Malabar from Bengaluru,” Raghavan told Onmanorama. “I met the General Manager of the South Western Railway at the headquarters in Hubli in 2021. That meeting became decisive. There were some attempts to thwart the efforts, an MP from Mangalore met the railway authority demanding not to extend the service, which was reportedly as per the demand of a lobby of bus owners,” Raghavan said.